The Super Size of America: An Economic Estimation of Body Mass Index and Obesity in Adults
The increased prevalence of obesity in the United States stresses the pressing need for answers as to why this rapid rise has occurred. This paper employs micro-level data from the First, Second, and Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys to determine the effects that various state-level variables have on body mass index and obesity. These variables, which include the per capita number of restaurants, the gasoline tax, the cigarette tax, and clean indoor air laws, display many of the expected effects on obesity and explain a substantial amount of its trend. These findings control for individual-level measures of household income, years of formal schooling completed, and marital status.
|Date of creation:||Aug 2005|
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|Publication status:||published as Rashad, Inas, Michael Grossman and Shin-Yi Chou. "The Super Size Of America: An Economic Estimation Of Body Mass Index And Obesity In Adults," Eastern Economic Journal, 2006, v32(1,Winter), 133-148.|
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