A new study published in the February bulletin of the World Health Organization shows that the freer a nation’s market, the fatter the population.
Washington Post: “The authors use the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, which measures a broad swath of factors including trade, government spending, ‘labor freedom’ and property rights. Again controlling for other confounding factors, the authors find a strong positive correlation.”
“Can that kind of generalized economic environment really have a discernible effect on weight and fast-food consumption? The authors say yes: ‘One possibility is that indiscriminate market deregulation favours global food chains at the expense of smaller farmers and local food systems,’ they hypothesize.”