Obesity and the rate of time preference: is there a connection?


Journal Article

It is hypothesized that recent trends in US and worldwide obesity are, in part, related to an increase in the marginal rate of time preference, where time preference refers to the rate at which people are willing to trade current benefit for future benefit. The higher the rate of time preference, the larger is the factor by which individuals discount the future health risks associated with current consumption. Data from the United States, as well as international evidence, suggest that a relationship between these two variables is plausible. The authors encourage researchers to explore the possible link between obesity and time preference, as important insights are likely to result.

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Cited Authors

  • Komlos, J; Smith, PK; Bogin, B

Published Date

  • March 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 209 - 219

PubMed ID

  • 15030016

Pubmed Central ID

  • 15030016

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-7599

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9320

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0021932003006205


  • eng