Project: Growth of Obesity and Health Economic Research
Award Year: 2002
Amount of award, fiscal 2002: $15,000.00
Institution: University of Chicago
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This project organizes a workshop on the economics of obesity to be attended by leading health economists. Thirty-one percent of U.S. adults between 20 and 74 years of age were obese as of 1999-2000, a 100-percent increase over 1976-80. Obesity has increased among all demographic groups. Inasmuch as it is the outcome of choices that individuals make regarding eating and physical activity under constraints of money and time, obesity can be interpreted as an economic issue. This workshop will review the current status of health economic research on obesity and consider a future agenda. The workshop is scheduled to be held at the Economic Research Service in Washington, DC, in April 2003.
Topic: Conferences and Workshops, Obesity
Philipson, T., C. Dai, L. Helmchen, and J. Variyam. The Economics of Obesity: A Report on the Workshop Held at USDA's Economic Research Service, E-FAN-04-004, USDA, ERS, May 2004.