Editorial: Ethics in public health: Bloomberg's battle and beyond

M.F. Verweij, A. Dawson

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The growing prevalence of obesity and related conditions such as Type II diabetes is held by many to be a major public health problem in developed countries, and increasingly in developing countries as well (Popkin et al., 2012). If we wish to tackle this problem, it will be a major task. Individuals will have to change their consumption and exercise patterns, companies will have to improve the products they make and how they market them, nutrition experts and communities will have to redefine what is acceptable and desirable in food practices and governments will have to lead and promote such societal-level changes in many different fields, including food policy, urban design, educational policies, agricultural subsidies and tax breaks, etc. This is all very difficult to achieve. In many people’s view, government action aiming at social change will be especially controversial and meet some resistance. New York …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-232
JournalPublic Health Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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