Food store density, nutrition education, eating habits and obesity

Alessandro Bonanno, Stephan J. Goetz

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Food retailers and restaurants are under scrutiny for their alleged effects on diets and obesity, although no clear evidence of a causal relationship exists. Furthermore, because no prior study controls for nutrition education and the dynamic nature of the underlying phenomena, existing estimates quantifying these relationships could be biased. Using state-level data for the continental U.S. we evaluate how the density of different food stores and per-capita expenditures on SNAP (nutrition) Education impact eating habits and (indirectly) adult obesity, controlling for endogeneity of store locations and con-sumption dynamics. Our results caution against using large-scale policies regulating the food environment and highlight the need to control for nutrition education and process dynamics to obtain unbiased estimates. Implications for the agribusiness sector are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 16 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Business and International Management


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