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Journal of Economic Literature: Vol. 46 No. 4 (December 2008)

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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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Philipson, Tomas J., and Richard A. Posner. 2008. "Is the Obesity Epidemic a Public Health Problem? A Review of Zoltan J. Acs and Alan Lyles's Obesity, Business and Public Policy." Journal of Economic Literature, 46(4): 974-82.

DOI: 10.1257/jel.46.4.974

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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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Philipson, Tomas J. (U Chicago)
Posner, Richard A. (U Chicago)

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I12: Health Production
I18: Health: Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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