Are you what you eat? Healthy behaviour and risk preferences

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Title: Are you what you eat? Healthy behaviour and risk preferences
Author(s): Miraldo, M
Galizzi, MM
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We elicit and estimate risk preferences for a pool of young adults in the UK, and explore their links with healthy eating and risky health behaviours. We construct the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) as an overall indicator of nutritional quality, and we use it to complement the body mass index BMI. While for females we find no significant association between the BMI and risk preferences, males with high BMI appear more risk-seeking. However, this association disappears when controlling for the quality of the diet. For males, the HEI is significantly associated with risk preferences. Males smoking status is not associated with risk preferences.
Publication Date: 28-Feb-2017
Date of Acceptance: 1-Nov-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/42284
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/bejeap-2016-0081
ISSN: 1935-1682
Publisher: De Gruyter
Journal / Book Title: The BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Keywords: Social Sciences
Economics
Business & Economics
risk aversion
healthy eating index
risky health behaviour
risk preferences
BODY-MASS INDEX
CIGARETTE-SMOKING STATUS
FIELD EXPERIMENT
OBESITY
AVERSION
SMOKERS
CONSEQUENCES
INFORMATION
ATTITUDES
DENMARK
Economics
14 Economics
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 20160081
Embargo Date: 2018-02-28
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