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Limited Self-control, Obesity, and the Loss of Happiness
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 3699866
Author(s) Stutzer, Alois; Meier, Armando N.
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Meier, Armando Nicolas
Year 2016
Title Limited Self-control, Obesity, and the Loss of Happiness
Journal Health Economics
Volume 25
Number 11
Pages / Article-Number 1409-1424
Mesh terms Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Body Mass Index; Female; Happiness; Health Status; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Obesity, epidemiology; Self-Control, psychology; Surveys and Questionnaires; Switzerland, epidemiology

Is obesity the consequence of an optimally chosen lifestyle or do people consume too much relative to their long-term preferences? The latter perspective accepts that people might face self-control problems when exposed to the immediate gratification from food. We exploit unique survey data for Switzerland in multinomial logit and ordered probit regressions to study (i) the covariates of obesity including indicators of self-control and (ii) the consequences of obesity on the subjective well-being of people with limited willpower. Our main finding is that obesity decreases the well-being of individuals who report having limited self-control, but not otherwise. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Publisher Wiley
ISSN/ISBN 1057-9230 ; 1099-1050
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1002/hec.3227
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000386142000006
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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