Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 245–256

Prices of Unhealthy Foods, Food Stamp Program Participation, and Body Weight Status Among U.S. Low-Income Women

Authors

    • School of Community and Environmental HealthOld Dominion University
  • Zhuo Chen
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Norou Diawara
    • Department of Mathematics and StatisticsOld Dominion University
  • Youfa Wang
    • Department of International HealthCenter for Human Nutrition, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10834-010-9228-x

Cite this article as:
Zhang, Q., Chen, Z., Diawara, N. et al. J Fam Econ Iss (2011) 32: 245. doi:10.1007/s10834-010-9228-x

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

Body mass indexFood pricesFood stamp programObesitySocioeconomic status

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