The Effect of Food-Away-from-Home and Food-at-Home Expenditures on Obesity Rates: A State-Level Analysis

Using state-level data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, we investigate the effects of household food-away-from-home and food-at-home expenditures on overweight rates, obesity rates, and combined rates. Our random effects model estimates suggest that food-away-from-home expenditures are positively related to obesity and combined rates, while food-at-home expenditures are negatively related to obesity and combined rates. However, the magnitudes of these effects, while statistically significant, are relatively small. Both food-at-home and food-away-from-home expenditures do not significantly influence overweight rates.


Issue Date:
2008-08
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/46990
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 40, Number 2
Page range:
507-521
Total Pages:
15
JEL Codes:
I18




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