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Changing economic factors and the rise in obesity

Joshua C. Pinkston, PhD C. Courtemanche C. Ruhm G. Wehby July 24, 2015

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Obesity is fast becoming a prominent global health issue. This column presents new evidence tentatively suggesting that variables related to the costs of eating – particularly whether there is a big discount warehouse nearby – are leading drivers of the rise in obesity occurring since the early 1980s. These findings should help policymakers work with businesses to find the best solution to tackle obesity.