Obesity prevention policies in the United States: which approaches make the most ethical sense?
Kass, Nancy E.
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The rates of obesity in the United States have been climbing over the last several decades. While the diet industry has become a multi-million dollar business, public policy is considering various options to change our food environment in order to reduce our intake of unhealthy substances, or to make unhealthy consumption less attractive. Which options make the most ethical sense? What is the tension between helping us become our best healthy selves vs. our government acting like the nanny state? This talk will introduce a series of proposals from across the country and examine them in light of general commitments of public health ethics.