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The relationship between fast food and obesity

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Public debate regarding the role of government in lowering obesity often focuses on the fact that rising obesity prevalence is evident in all states. This article focuses on the hypothesized link between obesity and fast food employment by examining data on all states over 2001–2009 and controlling for other factors that may influence obesity prevalence. Our examination indicates no support for the view that fast food is a significant causal factor behind the substantial weight gain exhibited by the US population.

Keywords: I12; I18; fast food; obesity; overweight; public health

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2011.648316

Affiliations: Department of Economics,California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo,CA,93407, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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