The effect of fast food restaurants on obesity and weight gain

Currie, Janet, DellaVigna, Stefano, Moretti, Enrico and Pathania, Vikram (2010) The effect of fast food restaurants on obesity and weight gain. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2 (3). pp. 32-63. ISSN 1945-7731

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Abstract

We investigate how changes in the supply of fast food restaurants affect weight outcomes of 3 million children and 3 million pregnant women. Among ninth graders, a fast food restaurant within 0.1 miles of a school results in a 5.2 percent increase in obesity rates. Among pregnant women, a fast-food restaurant within 0.5 miles of residence results in a 1.6 percent increase in the probability of gaining over 20 kilos. The implied effects on caloric intake are one order of magnitude larger for children than for mothers, consistent with smaller travel cost for adults. Non-fast food restaurants and future fast-food restaurants are uncorrelated with weight outcomes. (JEL I12, J13, J16, L83)

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 16:11
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2013 16:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45176
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