Obesity: Should There Be a Law Against it? Introduction to a Symposium

Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, Vol. 5, No. 9, pp. 1-3, 2008

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/12

4 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2009  

Roger Magnusson

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: March, 29 2009

Abstract

The rapid rise in rates of overweight and obesity among adults and children in Australia and New Zealand has intensified debate about the most effective policies for obesity prevention. Law has much to contribute to this policy discussion, although its role is often misunderstood. The articles in this symposium follow on from a conference hosted in September 2006 by the Centre for Health Governance, Law & Ethics in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, titled: Obesity: should there be a law against it? In different ways, these articles provide a variety of perspectives on regulatory responses to obesity, including theoretical justifications for a legal approach, conceptual models that assist in making sense of law's role, as well as specific legal strategies for obesity prevention in various settings.

Keywords: Public health law, Obesity, Chronic disease, Non-communicable diseases, Food regulation

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K32

Suggested Citation

Magnusson, Roger, Obesity: Should There Be a Law Against it? Introduction to a Symposium (March, 29 2009). Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, Vol. 5, No. 9, pp. 1-3, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 09/12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1370129

Roger Magnusson (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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