A rational eating model of binges, diets and obesity.

@article{Dragone2009ARE,
  title={A rational eating model of binges, diets and obesity.},
  author={Davide Dragone},
  journal={Journal of health economics},
  year={2009},
  volume={28 4},
  pages={
          799-804
        }
}
This paper addresses the rapid diffusion of obesity and the existence of different individual patterns of food consumption between non-dieters and chronic dieters. I propose a rational eating model where a forward-looking agent optimizes the intertemporal satisfaction from eating, taking into account the cost of changing consumption habits and the negative health consequences of having a non-optimal body weight. Consistent with the evidence, I show that the intertemporal maximization problem… CONTINUE READING
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