The association between socioeconomic status and adult fast-food consumption in the U.S
Jay Zagorsky and
Patricia K. Smith
Economics & Human Biology, 2017, vol. 27, issue PA, 12-25
Health follows a socioeconomic status (SES) gradient in developed countries, with disease prevalence falling as SES rises. This pattern is partially attributed to differences in nutritional intake, with the poor eating the least healthy diets. This paper examines whether there is an SES gradient in one specific aspect of nutrition: fast-food consumption. Fast food is generally high in calories and low in nutrients. We use data from the 2008, 2010, and 2012 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY79) to test whether adult fast-food consumption in the United States falls as monetary resources rise (n=8136). This research uses more recent data than previous fast-food studies and includes a comprehensive measure of wealth in addition to income to measure SES.
Keywords: Fast food; Income; Wealth; Socioeconomic status (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D01 I10 I12 I14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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