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The Economics of Obesity and The Role of Government in Obesity Prevention: The Turkish Case


  • İ.Erdem SEÇİLMİŞ

    (Hacettepe Üniversitesi)


The aim of this study is twofold: one is to provide an overview of the economic theory of obesity; and the other is to discuss a public policy response to obesity, The Obesity Prevention and Control Program of Turkey. The obesity epidemic has become widely recognized as a major global health and economic problem in recent years. Therefore, in this paper, I investigate the economic causes and consequences of the weight problem, with emphasis on the role of the government in prevention policies. In this context, I consider how well the Turkish government is able to carry out these roles, and by looking at its objectives and policies, I came to the conclusion that the government has been employing a soft paternalistic approach to obesity control and reduction.

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  • İ.Erdem SEÇİLMİŞ, 2014. "The Economics of Obesity and The Role of Government in Obesity Prevention: The Turkish Case," Iktisat Isletme ve Finans, Bilgesel Yayincilik, vol. 29(334), pages 29-58.
  • Handle: RePEc:iif:iifjrn:v:29:y:2014:i:334:p:29-58

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    Obesity; Prevention; Intervention; Paternalism;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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