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Obesity under affluence varies by welfare regimes: The effect of fast food, insecurity, and inequality.

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Among affluent countries, those with market-liberal welfare regimes (which are also English-speaking) tend to have the highest prevalence of obesity. The impact of cheap, accessible high-energy food is often invoked in explanation. An alternative approach is that overeating is a response to stress, and that competition, uncertainty and inequality make market-liberal societies more stressful. This ecological regression meta-study pools 96 body-weight surveys from 11 countries c. 1994-2004. ...

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Avner Offer More by this author
Rachel Pechey More by this author
Stanley Ulijaszek More by this author
Volume:
82
Series:
Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History
Publication date:
2010-07-05
URN:
uuid:fc787218-f3e5-46a1-a0fb-a5f9332c14a7
Local pid:
oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:14820
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English

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