09 Feb '12, 4pm

Weight loss: A possible benefit of the recession?

Weight loss: A possible benefit of the recession?

This week’s episode of Freakonomics on NPR’s Marketplace discussed a possible benefit to The Great Recession. Yes, I said a benefit to the recession. Evidently there is some evidence pointing towards a link between an economic recession and weight loss. While one of the Freakonomics co-authors, Stephen Dubner, thought that the recession would lead to weight gains because people would head for fast food dollar menus, one study suggested the opposite was actually the case. Christopher Ruhm, an economist at the University of Virginia, explained this relationship in more detail: “What we've learned over the last decade or so is an initially surprising fact that when times are bad, people get healthier over many dimensions and one of those appears to be obesity . So that for example, if my income is down, I don't go out to eat as often, and meals eaten out of the home are proba...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/money/personal-finance/blogs/weight-lo...

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