On Curbing Obesity

Society, Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

5 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2014

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Amitai Etzioni

The George Washington University

Date Written: February 2014


Public policies to combat obesity (with the notable exception of Let’s Move, initiated by Michelle Obama) tend to focus on reducing caloric intake (dieting). These efforts often fail and have some negative side effects and multiple economic and human costs. To the extent that we are dealing with individuals (rather than with societal factors) a more effective policy would give more weight to exercise as compared to dieting and, above all, focus on parents (and thus on young children) rather than on adults. This is the case because as children become adults, their BMI is set to a very considerable extent.

Suggested Citation

Etzioni, Amitai, On Curbing Obesity (February 2014). Society, Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401805

Amitai Etzioni (Contact Author)

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