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15:42, Wed 3 Feb 2021
Dr Thijs van Rens discusses how people’s diets are affected by their income levels and the area they live in. Is the obesity epidemic due to people’s choices and preferences, or is it caused by factors in the external environment such as the price and availability of food? To what extent should policymakers intervene?
Dr Thijs Van Rens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick.
(MP3 format, 24:24, 22 MB)