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Calories, obesity and health in OECD countries

Mazzocchi, M. and Traill, W. B. (2011) Calories, obesity and health in OECD countries. Applied Economics, 43 (26). pp. 3919-3929. ISSN 1466-4283

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/00036841003742587

Abstract/Summary

Theoretical models suggest that decisions about diet, weight and health status are endogenous within a utility maximization framework. In this article, we model these behavioural relationships in a fixed-effect panel setting using a simultaneous equation system, with a view to determining whether economic variables can explain the trends in calorie consumption, obesity and health in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries and the large differences among the countries. The empirical model shows that progress in medical treatment and health expenditure mitigates mortality from diet-related diseases, despite rising obesity rates. While the model accounts for endogeneity and serial correlation, results are affected by data limitations.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Food Economics and Marketing (FEM)
ID Code:17961
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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