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June 24, 2009

Economic Conditions and Obesity—Reply

JAMA. 2009;301(24):2546-2547. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.872

In Reply: We agree with Drs Egger and Tapia Granados that economic downturns can produce specific health benefits, an effect partially attributable to transient reductions in risk behaviors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, as well as other changes such as reduced overtime work hours. The writers draw attention to the work of Ruhm, which provides further information.1

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