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Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Policy Issues

Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, and Garrath Williams


Childhood obesity has become a major concern in many countries. This book is the first to focus specifically on the ethical and policy questions raised by childhood obesity and its prevention. The first part of this book reviews some of the uncertainties in the data about childhood obesity, before considering the ethical issues that it poses. These include questions about the priority that should be given to preventing obesity, parental responsibility, equity, and the stigma experienced by obese children. The second part of the book considers key policy debates and responses. It reviews the co ... More

Keywords: childhood obesity, disease prevention, ethics, public policy, public health, regulation, responsibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199964482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristin Voigt, author
Department of Philosophy and Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Stuart G. Nicholls, author
Department of Epidemiology & Community Medicine, University of Ottawa

Garrath Williams, author
Lancaster University