Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Continued: Is obesity the government’s responsibility?

Back to our debate about the role of government in health…

In all honesty, the question about the role of government in health is not a question easily answered. Many experts debate the idea and they all (well most) have valid points. The issue of how involved do we want our government to be in our personal lives as it the forefront of the argument. Mayor Bloomberg did not exactly receive universally glowing praise for his restrictions on the size of sodas, after all. But the other issue that we have to address is how effective government intervention would actually be for reducing disease risk. Of course there are many others issues as well. But it is a discussion worth having both among ourselves and among the community as well.

To start here is a great clip from NPR about this issue:

Emily Boldrin PhD, RD


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