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- DescriptionThis book is concerned with the ecomic consequences of the rising obesity prevalence in affluent societies. A microecomic model describing food consumption from the perspective of the individual consumer is developed. To maximise utility over lifetime, the marginal costs of food consumption must be adapted to the level of prices and to variations in the metabolic rate. This result holds independently of the weight status category and of the level of health-consciousness. Furthermore, extensions relevant to food overconsumption are introduced: The influence of diet composition and the rate of time preference, as well as the incorporation of addictive aspects and dynamic inconsistency. The theoretical framework is substantiated with an empirical analysis, and the implications for health insurance schemes - namely the differentiation of premiums by risk - are discussed.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Elise Hefti studied economics at the University of Hamburg from 1999-2005. She received her Ph.D. in 2009.
- Author(s)Elise Hefti
- PublisherPeter Lang GmbH
- Date of Publication01/08/2009
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleVolkswirtschaftliche Analysen
- Series Part/Volume Number14
- Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintPeter Lang GmbH
- Content Note1, 1 fig.
- Weight480 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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