Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/151094
Authors: 
Hagen, Kornelia
Year of Publication: 
2010
Citation: 
[Journal:] Weekly Report [ISSN:] 1860-3343 [Year:] 2010 [Volume:] 6 [Issue:] 19 [Pages:] 141-151
Abstract: 
More than half of German adults are overweight. Those most often affected include the elderly, poor, and individuals with poor education. Yet is overweight an issue that economists should address? Poor nutrition and lack of exercise play a major role in widespread diseases. One third of total health care expenditures are devoted to illnesses related to overweight. This is just one of the reasons why economists should examine how to promote more health-conscious nutritional decisions. One instrument favored by policy makers in this regard is nutrition labelling. At present, manufacturers display nutritional information on food packaging on a voluntary basis and in a non-standardised format. This is supposed to change. In the near future, the European Parliament will convene to debate the standardisation of nutritional information.
Subjects: 
Consumer policy
Behavioral economics
Labelling systems
Traffic light labelling
Nutrition and health
JEL: 
D3
D11
D8
Document Type: 
Article

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