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Obesity and Counseling

  • Liu, Yaqin
  • Ferreira, Susana
  • Colson, Gregory
  • Wetzstein, Michael

A theoretical model is developed addressing habit formation and time-inconsistent preferences in consumption of unhealthy foods. In particular, the effects of counseling in altering the consumption satiation point and lowering individual discount rates are investigated. The model highlights the importance of health counseling and offers support to initiatives such as low-cost obesity screening and counseling.

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Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. with number 149947.

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