Cost-Effectiveness of a New Nordic Diet as a Strategy for Health Promotion
AbstractInappropriate diets constitute an important health risk and an increasing environmental burden. Healthy regional diets may contribute to meeting this dual challenge. A palatable, healthy and sustainable New Nordic diet (NND) based on organic products from the Nordic region has been developed. This study assesses whether a large-scale introduction of NND is a cost-effective health promotion strategy by combining an economic model for estimating the utility-maximizing composition of NND, a life cycle assessment model to assess environmental effects of the dietary change, and a health impact model to assess impacts on the disease burden. Consumer expenditure for food and beverages in the NND is about 16% higher than currently, with the largest relative difference in low-income households. Environmental loads from food consumption are 15%–25% lower, and more than 18,000 disability-adjusted life years (DALY) will be saved per year in Denmark. NND exhibits a cost-effectiveness ratio of about €73,000–94,000 per DALY saved. This cost-effectiveness improves considerably, if the NND’s emphasis on organic and Nordic-origin products is relaxed. View Full-Text
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Jensen, J.D.; Saxe, H.; Denver, S. Cost-Effectiveness of a New Nordic Diet as a Strategy for Health Promotion. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 7370-7391.
Jensen JD, Saxe H, Denver S. Cost-Effectiveness of a New Nordic Diet as a Strategy for Health Promotion. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(7):7370-7391.Chicago/Turabian Style
Jensen, Jørgen D.; Saxe, Henrik; Denver, Sigrid. 2015. "Cost-Effectiveness of a New Nordic Diet as a Strategy for Health Promotion." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12, no. 7: 7370-7391.