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Ethical Agreement and Disagreement About Obesity Prevention Policy in the United States


Anne Barnhill


University of Pennsylvania

Katherine F. King


Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

November 10, 2013

International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2013, 1(2), 117–120

Abstract:     
An active area of public health policy in the United States is policy meant to promote healthy eating, reduce overconsumption of food, and prevent overweight/obesity. Public discussion of such obesity prevention policies includes intense ethical disagreement. We suggest that some ethical disagreements about obesity prevention policies can be seen as rooted in a common concern with equality or with autonomy, but there are disagreements about which dimensions of equality or autonomy have priority, and about whether it is justifiable for policies to diminish equality or autonomy along one dimension in order to increase it along another dimension. We illustrate this point by discussing ethical disagreements about two obesity prevention policies.

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Keywords: Obesity Prevention; Public Health Ethics; Food Policy; Food tax; Autonomy; Justice

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Date posted: November 10, 2013  

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Barnhill, Anne and King, Katherine F., Ethical Agreement and Disagreement About Obesity Prevention Policy in the United States (November 10, 2013). International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2013, 1(2), 117–120. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2352343

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Anne Barnhill (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania ( email )
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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Katherine F. King
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute ( email )
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8
Canada
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