Journal article

Cost-Effectiveness of Fiscal Policies to Prevent Obesity.

Marj Moodie, Lauren Sheppard, Gary Sacks, Catherine Keating, Anna Flego

Current Obesity Reports | Published : 2013

Abstract

Cost-effective, sustainable strategies are urgently required to curb the global obesity epidemic. To date, fiscal policies such as taxes and subsidies have been driven largely by imperatives to raise revenue or increase supply, rather than to change population behaviours. This paper reviews the economic evaluation literature around the use of fiscal policies to prevent obesity. The cost-effectiveness literature is limited, and more robust economic evaluation studies are required. However, uncertainty and gaps in the effectiveness evidence base need to be addressed first: more studies are needed that collect 'real-world' empirical data, and larger studies with more robust designs and longer f..

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