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Obesity

The Public Interest has an interesting article by two economists. It notes that obesity rates have doubled since 1980, and concludes that two factors were primarily responsible: the growth in the number of fast-food and other restaurants (itself, they say, largely driven by increases in female labor force participation) accounted for two-thirds of the increase in obesity; the rise in the price of cigarettes (largely driven by taxes) accounted for another fifth.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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