It used to be, in the past, people–and especially low income people– responded to economic downturns by increasing healthy behaviors: they would eat out less, cook more, exercise more, and kick the alcohol and smoking habits. The theory is, since the “cost” of time goes down as wages decrease, the opportunity cost of healthy behaviors also decreases, making us more likely to do them. (Opportunity cost refers to idea that any hour we spend doing one thing is an hour not spent doing something else, like earning money). In other words, since our time isn’t as valuable, we spend it differently. Turns out, that may no longer be the case. Find out exactly what happened in a new article we published in the American Journal of Public Health this week.
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