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Grazing, Goods and Girth: Determinants and Effects

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  • Hamermesh, Daniel S.

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Using the 2006-07 American Time Use Survey and its Eating and Health Module, I show that over half of adult Americans report grazing (secondary eating/drinking) on a typical day, with grazing time almost equaling primary eating/drinking time. An economic model predicts that higher wage rates (price of time) will lead to substitution of grazing for primary eating/drinking, especially by raising the number of grazing incidents relative to meals. This prediction is confirmed in these data. Eating meals more frequently is associated with lower BMI and better self-reported health, as is grazing more frequently. Food purchases are positively related to time spent eating ? substitution of goods for time is difficult ? but are lower when eating time is spread over more meals.

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  • Hamermesh, Daniel S., 2009. "Grazing, Goods and Girth: Determinants and Effects," IZA Discussion Papers 4378, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Manan Roy & Daniel Millimet & Rusty Tchernis, 2012. "Federal nutrition programs and childhood obesity: inside the black box," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 10(1), pages 1-38, March.
    2. Brunello, Giorgio & Fabbri, Daniele & Fort, Margherita, 2009. "Years of Schooling, Human Capital and the Body Mass Index of European Females," IZA Discussion Papers 4667, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    household production; time use; BMI;

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    • J10 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - General

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