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The politics of obesity: seven steps to government action.
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PMID:  12442849     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Concern is rapidly growing about obesity rates in the United States. This paper analyzes the political consequences. Despite myths about individualism and self-reliance, the U.S. government has a long tradition of regulating ostensibly private behavior. We draw on the historical experience in four other private realms (alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, and sexuality) to identify seven "triggers" that prompt government to intervene in citizens' private habits. We suggest which of those triggers have been tripped--or are in play--in the case of obesity and food consumption. Finally, we review what government now does in this field and what it might do in the future.
Rogan Kersh; James Morone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health affairs (Project Hope)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0278-2715     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Aff (Millwood)     Publication Date:    2002 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-21     Completed Date:  2002-12-11     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303128     Medline TA:  Health Aff (Millwood)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  142-53     Citation Subset:  IM    
MaxwelI School of Citizenship and Pubic Affairs, Syracuse University, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Advertising as Topic / legislation & jurisprudence
Consumer Participation
Dietary Fats / administration & dosage,  adverse effects
Food Industry / legislation & jurisprudence
Health Policy*
Obesity / epidemiology,  etiology,  prevention & control*
Public Health*
Social Control Policies*
Social Values
United States / epidemiology
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0/Dietary Fats

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