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Obesity Policy and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Kuchler, Fred and Golan, Elise and Variyam, Jayachandran N and Crutchfield, Stephen R (2005) Obesity Policy and the Law of Unintended Consequences. Amber Waves, 3 (3). pp. 26-33.

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Americans are increasingly overweight, with the number of obese adults and overweight children doubling between the late 1970s and early 2000s. Several studies of the health consequences of Americans’ weight gain indicate that health care costs and the number of premature deaths associated with obesity and overweight are high. A recent (lower) estimate of the number of premature deaths published in the Journal of the American Medical Associationreveals the uncertainty researchers face in associating weight status with mortality. Of course, scientific uncertainty does not mute demands for public action.

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Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: obesity, health consequences, mortality
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthy Foods
Health > Nutrition
Health > Policy
Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2011 15:39
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/209

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