This paper begins to model diet's contribution to national stocks of Health Capital as defined in Kenneth Arrow et al.'s (2012) "Sustainability and the Measurement of Wealth" by developing a set of equations that link the diet of a nation’s average citizen to that nation’s per capita welfare over time. The model is applied to the American diet from 2005 to 2009. This research finds that even a small change in diet can have a large impact in whether or not a nation is sustainable over time.
Klein, Matthew J.
"Diet and Health Capital: An American Case Study,"
Undergraduate Economic Review:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/uer/vol10/iss1/3