The effect of fast-food restaurants on childhood obesity: A school level analysis
Rodolfo Nayga (),
Michael R. Thomsen,
Diana Danforth and
Economics & Human Biology, 2014, vol. 12, issue C, 110-119
We analyze, using an instrumental variable approach, the effect of the number of fast-food restaurants on school level obesity rates in Arkansas. Using distance to the nearest major highway as an instrument, our results suggest that exposure to fast-food restaurants can impact weight outcomes. Specifically, we find that the number of fast-food restaurants within a mile from the school can significantly affect school level obesity rates.
Keywords: Childhood obesity; Fast-food restaurants; Schools; Instrumental variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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