In the past few decades, obesity rates among American children have skyrocketed. Although many factors have played a part in this unhealthy increase, this paper focuses on how economic policies may be contributing to our children’s growing girth and how these policies might be altered to reverse this trend.
This paper examines the economic causes and consequences of obesity, the rationales for government intervention, the cost-effectiveness of various policies, and the need for more research funding.
- 1. The Economics of Childhood Obesity
- 2. Personal Responsibility and Obesity
- 3. Childhood Obesity
- 4. Predicting Support for Restricting Food Marketing to Youth
- 5. Are 'Competitive Foods' Sold at School Making Our Children Fat?
- 6. 'Competitive' Food and Beverage Policies
- 7. Lessons from Pennsylvania's Mixed Response to Federal School Wellness Law
- 8. Barriers to Obesity Prevention in Head Start
- 9. Policy Solutions to the 'Grocery Gap'
- 10. Federal Food Policy and Childhood Obesity