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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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Conclusion

Chapter:
(p.158) 5 Conclusion
Source:
Fat Economics
Author(s):

Mario Mazzocchi

W. Bruce Traill

Jason F. Shogren

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213856.003.0006

This final chapter summarizes the evidence and identifies remaining questions. It argues that obesity policy is as much a question of social choice as of biology. It gives the key points raised by the book. It claims that obesity poses a modern day challenge to understanding human health and welfare and that it may be due to technological change. Obesity policy needs economics for risk assessment and management. It also offers that obesity cannot be changed by information policy alone but with a combination of fat taxes and thin subsidies.

Keywords:   obesity policy, taxes, social choice, biology, economics, technological change, subsidies

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