The Economics of Obesity

Poverty, Income Inequality, and Health

Authors: Hojjat, Tahereh Alavi

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  • Discusses policies that could reverse the obesity epidemic, improve financial wellbeing, halt decline in life expectancy
  • Provides a unique framework for government policy to influence the social context of obesity and hence society's health
  • Investigates how disadvantages occur at multiple social context levels to examine the inequality and health relationship
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Much has been written about the economic causes of obesity, but this book offers a comprehensive and deep investigation of the causes and treatment of these issues in a single volume. In the second edition, the author expands upon the serious threat that obesity poses not only to our health, but also to our society. Obesity costs billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and medical expenses. 
The social distribution of obesity has changed over time. Obesity rates in the United States continue to worsen in parallel with income inequality. Socioeconomic groups with low personal capital, levels of education, and income have higher obesity rates. In fact, the rate of obesity has increased the fastest among low-income Americans. The disproportionate burden of obesity on the poor poses an economic challenge and an ethical imperative. The link between obesity, inactivity, and poverty may be too costly to ignore because obesity-associated chronic disease already accounts for 70% of US healthcare costs. Although economic and technological changes in the environment drove the obesity epidemic, the evidence for effective economic policies to prevent obesity remains limited.
The new edition brings together a multitude of topics on obesity previously not discussed with a particular emphasis on the influence of poverty and income inequality on obesity including:

  • Economic Analysis: Behavioral Patterns, Diet Choice, and the Role of Government   
  • Income and Wealth Inequality and Obesity  
  • Social Mobility and Health
  • Food Policies, Government Interventions, and Reducing Poverty    
The Economics of Obesity is an essential text for readers interested in learning about the causes and consequences of obesity within a social context including students, academicians, and practitioners in public health, medicine, social sciences, and health economics, both in and outside of the United States. US and international policy-makers also will find the book a salient read in addressing the issues that contribute to the cycle of poverty, income inequality, and obesity.

About the authors

Tahereh Alavi Hojjat, PhD is professor and Chair of Economics at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hojjat received her bachelor’s degree from Tehran University, Iran; master’s degree from the American University, Washington, D.C.; and PhD from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She is past recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award by the Eastern Council of Business School and Programs (ECBSP).  She received grants from the Center for Advancing Partnership in Education (CAPE) for Global Collaborative Faculty Projects and Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) for College Admission Mentoring Program (CAMP).  

Dr. Hojjat has authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals of business and social sciences. She has served as an advisory board member of Houghton-Mifflin Publishing and McGraw Hill companies and currently serves as an editorial advisor for several academic journals including Annual Editions-Global Issues, and Journal of Asian Finance, Economics and Business (JAFEB). 

Dr. Hojjat authored Mini-Cases in Finance, an accompaniment to the textbook entitled Financial Markets and Institutions, Mishkin & Eakins, 7th edition (Pearson Prentice Hall, 2012). She co-authored the book entitled, Islamic Economy and Social Mobility: Cultural and Religious Considerations (IGI-Global, 2016). This book analyzes the social, cultural, religious, and political implications of the Islamic economy at the global level. Her most recent book was published by Springer in 2017: the first edition of The Economics of Obesity: Poverty, Income Inequality and Health

Dr. Hojjat is ex-officio of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Economic Association and a member of the Chapter on Energy Conservation of Lehigh Valley and the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Economics of Obesity
Book Subtitle
Poverty, Income Inequality, and Health
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-78487-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-78487-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-78486-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXVI, 162
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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