Factors affecting the probability of choosing a risky diet

Michael S. Finke, Sandra J. Huston

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Eating a poor diet is risky behavior. Inadequate nutrition compromises health and can increase the probability of premature death and/or reduced life quality. This paper uses a cost-benefit analysis from a health economic perspective to assess impact of costs and benefits associated with the odds of choosing a risky diet. Results indicate that time preference as measured through education, smoking, exercise, nutrition panel use, and motivation for nutrition knowledge significantly affect the odds of choosing a risky diet. In addition, variables hypothesized to influence the associated costs of tradeoff between present and future utility-location (both region and urbanization), income, race, gender, and age-are found to have an impact on the likelihood of choosing a risky diet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-303
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Diet choice
  • Risk
  • Time preference


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