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Fat EconomicsNutrition, Health, and Economic Policy$
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Mario Mazzocchi, W. Bruce Traill, and Jason F. Shogren

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213856

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213856.001.0001

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Economic Evaluation Tools for Evidence-Based Policymaking

Economic Evaluation Tools for Evidence-Based Policymaking

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(p.92) 3 Economic Evaluation Tools for Evidence-Based Policymaking
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Fat Economics
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Mario Mazzocchi

W. Bruce Traill

Jason F. Shogren

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213856.003.0004

This chapter aims to quantify the damaging effects obesity by using an economic toolkit. It offers case studies to support the conceptual analysis. It assesses the cost of obesity and distinguishes between private costs paid by an individual and the social costs borne by the rest of society. It discusses the role of intervention and alternative measures like quality adjusted life years (QALY). It recommends the evaluation of policies to learn lessons for the future and the gathering of more data to make the methods easier to use.

Keywords:   quality adjusted life years, cost, private cost, social cost, intervention, obesity

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