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The Effect of Food-Away-from-Home and Food-at-Home Expenditures on Obesity Rates: A State-Level Analysis

Yongxia Cai, Pedro Alviola, Rodolfo Nayga () and Ximing Wu ()

Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2008, vol. 40, issue 2, 15

Abstract: Using state-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we investigate the effects of household food-away-from-home and food-at-home expenditures on overweight rates, obesity rates, and combined rates. Our random effects model estimates suggest that food-away-from-home expenditures are positively related to obesity and combined rates, while food-at-home expenditures are negatively related to obesity and combined rates. However, the magnitudes of these effects, while statistically significant, are relatively small. Both food-at-home and food-away-from-home expenditures do not significantly influence overweight rates.

Keywords: Agribusiness; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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