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Why rich woman don’t get fat

This is the title of an Atlantic article that finds the that although more woman than men are obese, this gap narrows for high-income women. One reason for this difference could be that women are more penalized than men for being fat. In fact, the Atlantic finds that the annual cost of obesity is $4,879 […]

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Charles Barkley and the Nanny State

Michelle Obama’s is deeply involved in her recently involved in fight against childhood obesity.  Eating healthy and exercising more is a laudable goal.  But do we want the government operatives taking the role of a Biggest Loser Drill Sergent?  Could government weight monitoring become a reality? Maybe. In an interview with Marv Albert, President Barack […]

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Women with a Partner Gain Weight

Most women gain weight after marriage.  However, this may not just be do to having a child. The New York Times reports on a recent study by Annette Dobson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  They find that “[a]fter adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20 […]

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Should Uncle Sam feed Seniors cheesesteaks or cantaloupe?

Obesity is  growing problem in the United States.  As more people become increasingly obese, mortality rates will increase (or at least decrease less slowly than would have otherwise been the case).  However, increased mortality may be a blessing for Uncle Sam.  As more elderly die earlier from obesity-related diseases, the government will be able to […]

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Health Insurance Makes You Fat

In my own research, I have examined the relationship to marriage and weight gain.   A study by Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood found that health insurance may actually increase body mass.  According to the authors: “We find weak evidence that more generous insurance coverage increases body mass index. We find […]

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Spend more time eating, Weigh Less

According to Economix, countries whose people spend more time eating have a lower obesity rates.

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Overweight Children: Rural vs. Urban

Rural children are more likely to be overweight than urban children, despite the fact that children living in urban areas engage in less physical activity.

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5 Health Care Myths

Bob Laszewski has a great posts on 5 false  “solutions” to reduce health care costs.  These are: EMR: Making electronic medical records universal will greatly improve health care quality, but the impact on cost will be minor.  Better quality care can reduce iatrogenic injuries and reduce cost, but the cost reduction–if any–will likely be small […]

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Cigarette taxes are bad for your health?

Many economists and public plicy researchers have found that cigarette taxes reduce smoking.  This means that cigarette taxes must be good for your health…right? A study by Baum (2009) claims that cigarette taxes may improve health, but not by as much as previously thought.  The paper finds that increasing the cigarette tax decreases smoking, but […]

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Marriage and weight gain

Do people gain weight after marriage?  A paper by Jeffrey and Rick (2002) says yes.  Using data collected from 2528 workers over a 2 year period, the authors estimated the effect of marriage and divorce on weight gain.  They found the following: Getting married increases BMI by 0.70 for men and 0.96 for women.  For […]

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