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Title: A decision analytic framework for the costs of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption
Author(s): Hupman, Andrea
Advisor(s): Abbas, Ali E.
Department / Program: Industrial&Enterprise Sys Eng
Discipline: Systems & Entrepreneurial Engr
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.S.
Genre: Masters
Subject(s): decision analysis decision trees medical decision making diabetes sugar-sweetened beverages
Abstract: This thesis provides a decision analytic framework for calculating the medical costs associated with the decision to consume sugar-sweetened beverages. The model uses (i) records of mortality data, (ii) previously identified lifetime risks of diabetes, (iii) data on relative risks associated with sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, and (iv) the reported costs of diabetes medical treatment to determine the increase in expected costs that result from the consumption decision. Additionally the model can be used to analyze any decision that increases one’s relative risk of diabetes. The results indicate that sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is considerably more costly for younger individuals than for older individuals. Moreover, the frequency of beverage consumption also has a significant impact on expected medical costs. These results have wide ranging implications for such areas as health insurance, national health spending, and public health awareness campaigns.
Issue Date: 2012-02-06
Genre: thesis
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Andrea C. Hupman
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-02-06
Date Deposited: 2011-12

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