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The Infrastructure of Obesity and the Obesity Epidemic: Implications for Public Policy


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  • Kenneth R. Stanton

    (Department of Economics, Finance, and Management Science, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)

  • Zoltan J. Acs

    (Department of Economics, Finance, and Management Science, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA)


If present increases in the rate of obesity persist, by 2015 half of the population in the US could be obese. This article presents the case that the reason for the epidemic is an `infrastructure of obesity' that fuels the phenomenon. To control this epidemic, public policy in general and health policy in particular need to shift from market oriented policies that favour individual choice to policies that regulate the food supply, to help dismantle the infrastructure of obesity. Our research shows that state regulations have made some progress in the fight against obesity.

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Article provided by Springer Healthcare | Adis in its journal Applied Health Economics and Health Policy.

Volume (Year): 4 (2005)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 139-146

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Handle: RePEc:wkh:aheahp:v:4:y:2005:i:3:p:139-146

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Keywords: Health-policy; Obesity;

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  1. Davide Dragone & Luca Savorelli, 2010. "Thinness and Obesity: A Model of Food Consumption, Health Concerns, and Social Pressure," STICERD - Economic Organisation and Public Policy Discussion Papers Series 017, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.


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