Legal Political and Social Issues of Overweight and Obesity - The Global Politics Of Obesity, Overweight, Obesity, And The Law, Weight-based Discrimination
The politics of obesity demand that we revisit campaign contribution laws and advocate for a government agency—independent of industry—with clear responsibility for matters pertaining to food, nutrition, and health.—Marion Nestle, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, in "The Ironic Politics of Obesity," Science,
vol. 299, no. 781, February 7, 2003
At the international level, the World Health Organization (WHO) has developed an aggressive plan to combat an escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity—"globesity"—throughout the world. The WHO guidelines on diet and exercise, The Expert Consultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Disease, released
in 2003, advocate such actions as lowering …
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan organization that provides research and technical assistance to the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths, and territories, obesity is one of the top ten issues for state legislatures. The Conference predicted that nutrition standards for
foods served in schools will continue to dominate policies to prevent obes…
Nearly everyone who is overweight or obese has suffered some form of bias, from disapproving glances and unsolicited advice about how to lose weight to the seemingly unending stream of "fat jokes" and the unflattering and even humiliating portrayal of overweight people in the media. Despite the pervasive anti-fat bias in
American culture, until recently there were anecdotal reports, …
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