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Volume 14, Issue 1


Poverty and Obesity as Political Indicators

Adam Drewnowski
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  • Center for Public Health Nutrition, University of Washington, Seattle, United States of America
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Published Online: 2017-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ev-2017-0006


Obesity in the US is treated as a medical condition, while its socioeconomic roots are all but ignored. Yet obesity was a univariate predictor of voting patterns in the 2016 presidential election at both state and county level. Health indicators, linked to socioeconomic variables, may be the new political force.

Keywords: health inequalities; insecurity; obesity; social disparities; voting patterns

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Published Online: 2017-06-21

Citation Information: The Economists' Voice, Volume 14, Issue 1, 20170006, ISSN (Online) 1553-3832, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ev-2017-0006.

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