New Frontiers in Obesity Control: Innovative Public Health Legal Interventions

Duke Forum for Law & Social Change Vol. 5, 1-37 (2013)

37 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2014

See all articles by James G. Hodge

James G. Hodge

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Daniel G. Orenstein

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Alicia Corbett

Gallagher & Kennedy, PA

Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law; University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Lexi White

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Date Written: February 22, 2013

Abstract

Obesity is the epitome of a global pandemic. Like cancer, obesity is prevalent among all populations. Like influenza, it respects no borders. Like HIV/AIDS, it is readily diagnosed and stigmatizing. Like West Nile Virus, it impacts individuals across all socioeconomic groups. Like heart disease, it is a chronic, disabling condition with well-known risk factors. And like its notable companion condition, type 2 diabetes, obesity contributes significantly to societal morbidity and mortality. The product of manifold causes, obesity is a global killer. It strikes the young and old. It kills gradually over time or suddenly. It significantly reduces life expectancy across populations. It directly lowers persons’ quality of life and productivity. Obesity is a pandemic of the masses. Its spread is slow and evolving. Like tobacco-related diseases, however, obesity is largely preventable in most cases, especially in industrialized countries with adequate resources, such as the United States.

Suggested Citation

Hodge, James G. and Orenstein, Daniel G. and Corbett, Alicia and Barraza, Leila and White, Lexi, New Frontiers in Obesity Control: Innovative Public Health Legal Interventions (February 22, 2013). Duke Forum for Law & Social Change Vol. 5, 1-37 (2013) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2490630

James G. Hodge (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
111 E. Taylor Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4467
United States
480-727-8576 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://law.asu.edu/degree-programs/public-health-law-policy

Daniel G. Orenstein

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Alicia Corbett

Gallagher & Kennedy, PA ( email )

2575 E. Camelback Rd.
Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85016
United States

Leila Barraza

Network for Public Health Law ( email )

Saint Paul, MN
United States

University of Arizona - Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health ( email )

Tucson, AZ

Lexi White

Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States

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