Can fiscal approaches help to reduce obesity risk?


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© Oxford University Press 2010. All rights reserved. One approach for reversing the obesity epidemic is to use economic strategies to change the costs and benefits of behaviours related to obesity in an effort to change positively the energy-balance equation. To date, these strategies have taken the following forms: (i) monetary incentives for weight loss or activities that promote weight loss, (ii) increased insurance premiums for people who are obese, and (iii) 'fat' taxes on unhealthy foods in efforts to reduce their consumption. This chapter discusses the economic rationale for each approach and assesses the evidence of effectiveness in both the short and the long run. It concludes with a discussion of future areas of research on the role of economic incentives or disincentives for encouraging sustained weight loss.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Hoerger, TJ

Published Date

  • September 9, 2010

Book Title

  • Obesity Epidemiology: From Aetiology to Public Health

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199571512

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571512.003.0021

Citation Source

  • Scopus