Economics and obesity: costing the problem or evaluating solutions?

  title={Economics and obesity: costing the problem or evaluating solutions?},
  author={Larissa Roux and Cam Donaldson},
  journal={Obesity research},
  volume={12 2},
There is no doubt that obesity is a major public health problem. However, what is the contribution of economics to solving it? In this report, we make the case that the role of economics is not in measuring the economic burden of obesity, through so-called cost-of-illness studies. Such studies merely confirm that obesity is a serious societal issue; adding a monetary figure to this does not add much. The economic foundations of such estimates can also be questioned, thus lessening their policy… CONTINUE READING

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