Regulating Obesity?: Government, Society, and Questions of Health

Hardcover | December 19, 2013

byW. A. Bogart

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Regulating Obesity?: Government, Society, and Questions of Health explores the effectiveness of legal interventions aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles. In it, W.A. Bogart suggests that the government's emphasis on encouraging weight loss and preventing excess gain have largely failed toresolve obesity and have instead fueled prejudice against fat people. He suggests that a major challenge lies in shifting norms away from stigmatization of the obese and towards more nutritious and healthy lifestyle habits in addition to the acceptance of bodies in all shapes and sizes. Part of this challenge lies in the complex effects of law and its relationship with norms, including the unintended consequences of regulation. Regulating Obesity? begins by arguing for the protection of the overweight and obese from discrimination through human rights laws. It then examines threeother areas of interventions - marketing, fiscal policy, and physical activity - and how these interventions operate within the context of "health equity." Professor Bogart evaluates the effectiveness of legal regulation in addressing obesity and concludes that a healthier population is moreimportant than a thinner population. Regulating Obesity? is the first book to engage in the comprehensive evaluation of this role for law and the implications of society's fascination with regulating consumption.

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Regulating Obesity?: Government, Society, and Questions of Health explores the effectiveness of legal interventions aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles. In it, W.A. Bogart suggests that the government's emphasis on encouraging weight loss and preventing excess gain have largely failed toresolve obesity and have instead fueled preju...

W. A. Bogart is a University Professor and Professor of Law at the University of Windsor. He received his B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Toronto and his LL.M. from Harvard University, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, Permit But Discourage: Regulating Excessive Consumption (Oxford University Press, 2...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199856206

ISBN - 13:9780199856206

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Obesity and the Regulation of Consumption1. Regulating Consumption: Many Efforts - With What Effects?Part Two: Being Fat2. How is Obesity a Problem?3. Appearance Bias-Fat RightsPart Three: Healthy Consumption, Active Living, and the Regulatory State4. Assessing Interventions5. Just the Facts?: Educating, Mandating Information, Controlling Advertising, Restricting Marketing to Children6. Fiscal Interventions: Fat Taxes and Subsidies7. Encouraging Physical Activity: Children at Play!Conclusion