The Effect of School Food Policy on Adolescent Obesity

This paper presents evidence on the efficacy of banning the sale of junk food and soft drinks in schools as instruments to reduce adolescent obesity. The authors utilize a unique matched child-parent data set and employ econometric techniques to examine whether and to what extent school food policies affect students’ body-mass index (BMI). Preliminary results suggest a positive influence of vending contracts and a negative influence of health and physical education requirements on student obesity. We will use our results to estimate the payoff from targeting policy dollars to influence school food policy.


Bree Dority and Mary McGarvey (2006) ,"The Effect of School Food Policy on Adolescent Obesity", in AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7, eds. Margaret Craig Lees, Teresa Davis, and Gary Gregory, Sydney, Australia : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 34-35.


Bree Dority, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA
Mary McGarvey, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, USA


AP - Asia-Pacific Advances in Consumer Research Volume 7 | 2006

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