Use of Food Labels as a Weight Loss Behavior

Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2010

Posted: 23 Jan 2016

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Bidisha Mandal

Washington State University - School of Economic Sciences

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This study investigates the use of food labels as a weight loss behavior compared to regular exercise among middle-aged Americans. After controlling for unobserved heterogeneity women were more likely to read food labels than men and also more successful in losing weight. Label users who did not exercise displayed a slightly greater likelihood of weight loss than those who exercised but did not read food labels. Additionally, those who only read labels were more likely to improve their chances of weight loss by adding exercise to their routines rather than abandoning label usage in favor of exercise.

Suggested Citation

Mandal, Bidisha, Use of Food Labels as a Weight Loss Behavior (2010). Journal of Consumer Affairs, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2719784

Bidisha Mandal (Contact Author)

Washington State University - School of Economic Sciences ( email )

Pullman, WA 99164
United States

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