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Prices of Unhealthy Foods, Food Stamp Program Participation, and Body Weight Status Among US Low-Income Women
Journal of Family and Economic Issues (2012)
  • Qi Harry Zhang, Old Dominion University
  • Zhuo Chen
  • Norou Diawara, Old Dominion University
  • Youfa Wang, Johns Hopkins University
Abstract
This paper examines the interactive effect between the price of unhealthy foods and Food Stamp Program participation on body weight status among low-income women in the United States. We merged the panel data of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 cohort in 1985–2002 and the Cost of Living Index data compiled by the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association by using geographic identifiers. Using the merged data, we used panel econometric models to examine the impact of unhealthy food prices on the food stamp-eligible U.S. population. Our results indicate that higher prices for unhealthy food can partially offset the positive association between Food Stamp Program participation and bodyweight among low-income women.
Keywords
  • Food price,
  • obesity,
  • NLSY
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Qi Harry Zhang, Zhuo Chen, Norou Diawara and Youfa Wang. "Prices of Unhealthy Foods, Food Stamp Program Participation, and Body Weight Status Among US Low-Income Women" Journal of Family and Economic Issues Vol. 32 Iss. 2 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/zhuo_chen/35/