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Editorial Reviews of Obesity and the Economics of Prevention: Fit not Fat

 

Martin McKee, Professor of European Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

If there was an easy solution to the epidemic of obesity someone would have found it already. This innovative and well-researched book combines insights from a wide range of disciplines that can be grouped under the emerging category of public health economics. The causes of and potential responses to increasing rates of obesity are well known but, by taking a multi-disciplinary approach, encompassing not just epidemiology and economics but others such as political economy and cognitive science, the authors see through the complex maze and, in doing so, provide a clear exposition of the evidence that policy-makers need to take action. Yet decisions on policy incorporate technical and political considerations and this is a contested field, with polarised views about, for example, the legitimate role of government. It is too much to ask any one book to produce consensus on such questions but, at least if the protagonists read this excellent and, in places challenging book, their debates may be rather better informed.

 

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Julio Frenk, Dean, Harvard School of Public Health

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Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization

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