Diet and Eating Habits


The ubiquity of food in developed nations does not necessarily imply that people will choose healthy options, nor does the scarcity of food in some developing areas imply poor eating habits. RAND research on diet and eating habits investigates economic and social factors behind such concerns as diet choices, nutrition, access to foods, obesity, and weight loss.

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    How Calorie Labels on Menus Affect Consumers

    Mar 28, 2018

    In traditional restaurant settings, displaying the calorie content on menus did not affect consumer satisfaction and reduced the amount of food ordered by 38 calories. This is a decrease of 7 percent, a notable difference considering the average American consumes one-third of his or her food calories away from home.

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    We Are What We Eat: Understanding Food Consumption for Healthier and More Sustainable Diets

    Aug 12, 2020

    Despite a rise in ethical and sustainable eating, most people still make their food choices based on price, convenience, and taste. What policies can help support more healthy decisionmaking?

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    A Documentary on Weight, Diet, and Exercise

    A compilation of scientific data on the relationship of weight, diet, exercise, and longevity. It gives a table of desirable weights, caloric charts, and a set of simple exercises.

    Jan 1, 1966

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    Nutrition in the postattack environment

    An investigation of the problem of providing an adequate diet for the population surviving a nuclear attack on the United States. American dietary habits and the extent that they contribute to the inefficient use of land in the United States are exam...

    Jan 1, 1966

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    Market Mechanisms and Maximization

    A study of the relationship between the computational methods of "linear programming" and the logic of market mechanisms.

    Jan 1, 1949

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    Jonathan H. Cantor

    Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public administration, New York University; M.S. in policy analysis, Cornell University; B.S. in policy analysis, Cornell University

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