How Can Economics Help Tackle Obesity?

Emma Frew*, Shu Wen Ng, Joanna Coast, Bruce Hollingsworth, Richard Smith

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Despite a large growth in funding for research and interventions, global rates of obesity remains at high levels. A major reason is that obesity is complex; it is a condition affected by a multitude of factors - frameworks for helping understand this complexity (e.g., (1)) are useful, but do little to guide policy makers on action. This paper provides a summary of how economics has contributed to policy design so far, and offers suggestions for future action.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1112-1113
Number of pages2
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018

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    Frew, E., Ng, S. W., Coast, J., Hollingsworth, B., & Smith, R. (2018). How Can Economics Help Tackle Obesity? Obesity, 26(7), 1112-1113.