Deregulation is Making Us Fat

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.

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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.”