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David Crawford, Robert W. Jeffery, Kylie Ball, and Johannes Brug

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.001.0001

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The cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention

The cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention

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(p.237) Chapter 15 The cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention
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Obesity Epidemiology
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Rob Carter

Marj Moodie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0015

This chapter explores the economics of obesity prevention, particularly the available evidence on the cost-effectiveness of interventions and how the economic credentials for obesity prevention might be developed. It begins with a discussion of the contribution that the discipline of economics can make to an understanding of obesity prevention, explaining the separate but related tasks of description, prediction, and evaluation. Using these concepts, the chapter then explores what is known about the economics of obesity prevention. First, the depth and quality of the available economic literature on obesity is reviewed, and then Australia is used as a case study to illustrate the application of economic methods to describe the disease burden and to evaluate options for change.

Keywords:   obesity prevention, public health intervention, health economics, Australia, disease burden

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