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J Law Med Ethics. 2007 Spring;35(1):90-112.

Application of law to the childhood obesity epidemic.

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  • 1Public Health Advocacy Institute, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA, USA.


Childhood obesity is in important respects a result of legal policies that influence both dietary intake and physical activity. The law must shift focus away from individual risk factors alone and seek instead to promote situational and environmental influences that create an atmosphere conducive to health. To attain this goal, advocates should embrace a population-wide model of public health, and policymakers must critically examine the fashionable rhetoric of consumer choice.

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