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Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Review of Zoltan J. Acs and Alan Lyles's Obesity, Business and Public Policy

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  • Tomas J. Philipson
  • Richard A. Posner

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We review the recent but growing economic literature on the worldwide growth of obesity, relating the review to a recent anthology of articles— Obesity, Business and Public Policy . We discuss the competing explanations for the growth of obesity as well as the role of governments in attempting to limit it.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Literature.

Volume (Year): 46 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 974-82

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Handle: RePEc:aea:jeclit:v:46:y:2008:i:4:p:974-82

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