Is obesity a public health problem?
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It is often claimed that there is an obesity epidemic in affluent countries, and that obesity is one of the most serious public health problems in the developed world. I will argue that obesity is not an 'epidemic' in any useful sense of the word, and that classifying it as a public health problem requires us to make fairly controversial moral and empirical assumptions. While epidemiological evidence suggests that the prevalence of obesity is on the rise and can lead to serious health problems ranging from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, this does not by itself show that obesity is a public health problem. © 2012 The Author 2012.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1093/phe/phs028
Publication InfoAnomaly, Jonathan (2012). Is obesity a public health problem?. Public Health Ethics, 5(3). pp. 216-221. 10.1093/phe/phs028. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6320.
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
I work mostly on issues at the intersection of ethics and economics, including how we should respond to the under-consumption of vaccines and the over-consumption of antibiotics, and whether the market for biomedical enhancements should be regulated in any way. More generally, my research focuses on collective action problems. I recently co-edited the first major <a href="https://global.oup.com/academic/product/philosophy-politics-and-economics-9780190207311?cc=us&lang=en&a
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