Income and weight gain

Cross sectional analysis finds that individuals with lower income are more likely to be overweight or obese. Does this imply that increased income causes weight loss? A paper by Au and Johnston (2015) find the opposite result. In this paper, we use nationally representative panel data and exogenous wealth shocks (primarily inheritances and lottery wins)…

Charles Barkley and the Nanny State

Michelle Obama’s is deeply involved in her recently involved in fight against childhood obesity.  Eating healthy and exercising more is a laudable goal.  But do we want the government operatives taking the role of a Biggest Loser Drill Sergent?  Could government weight monitoring become a reality? Maybe. In an interview with Marv Albert, President Barack…

Women with a Partner Gain Weight

Most women gain weight after marriage.  However, this may not just be do to having a child. The New York Times reports on a recent study by Annette Dobson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  They find that “[a]fter adjusting for other variables, the 10-year weight gain for an average 140-pound woman was 20…

Health Insurance Makes You Fat

In my own research, I have examined the relationship to marriage and weight gain.   A study by Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace and Neeraj Sood found that health insurance may actually increase body mass.  According to the authors: “We find weak evidence that more generous insurance coverage increases body mass index. We find…

5 Health Care Myths

Bob Laszewski has a great posts on 5 false  “solutions” to reduce health care costs.  These are: EMR: Making electronic medical records universal will greatly improve health care quality, but the impact on cost will be minor.  Better quality care can reduce iatrogenic injuries and reduce cost, but the cost reduction–if any–will likely be small…