The not so sweet side of sugar

Rachel Griffith, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, sees her role as an academic not in terms of dictating what policy should be, but exploring mechanisms for achieving the goals that society sets. Diet is a good example. We all know that obesity has increased over the last 30 years; we all know that poor nutrition in childhood affects social mobility and health outcomes, both of which have significant economic consequences. Holistic policies are needed to counter this problem, with the aim of changing peoples’ entire decision-making processes around food and activity.

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  obesity, nutrition, exercise

Research Director, IFS; Professor of Economics, University of Manchester; CEPR Research Fellow

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