Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Unintended Consequences - Insurance & Obesity

In a new paper, Jay Bhattacharya, Kate Bundorf, Noemi Pace, Neeraj Sood find evidence that health insurance makes you fat. From the abstract:
We find weak evidence that more generous insurance coverage increases body mass index. We find stronger evidence that being insured increases body mass index and obesity.
Bad news for health care reform.

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