Food Store Density, Nutrition Education, Eating Habits and Obesity

Food retailers and restaurants are under scrutiny for their alleged effects on diets and obesity, although no clear evidence of a causal relationship exists. Furthermore, because no prior study controls for nutrition education and the dynamic nature of the underlying phenomena, existing estimates quantifying these relationships could be biased. Using state-level data for the continental U.S. we evaluate how the density of different food stores and per-capita expenditures on SNAP (nutrition) Education impact eating habits and (indirectly) adult obesity, controlling for endogeneity of store locations and consumption dynamics. Our results caution against using large-scale policies regulating the food environment and highlight the need to control for nutrition education and process dynamics to obtain unbiased estimates. Implications for the agribusiness sector are discussed.


Editor(s):
IFAMR, IFAMA
Issue Date:
Nov 01 2012
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
ISSN #: 1559-2448 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/138317
Published in:
International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, Volume 15, Issue 4
Page range:
1-26
Total Pages:
26
JEL Codes:
D12; I19; Q18
Note:
The IFAMR is published quarterly by IFAMA. www.ifama.org
Series Statement:
Volume 15
Issue 4




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