Hard truths and a new strategy for addressing childhood obesity.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We debunk three likely misperceptions about childhood obesity: (1) the epidemic thereof is caused by poverty, (2) information campaigns alone would be effective at reducing childhood obesity rates, and (3) obesity-reducing interventions would necessarily save money. We then discuss policies that could be effective at reducing childhood obesity rates and propose a tax/subsidy strategy that would provide the right incentives for governments, schools, and households to make appropriate investments in obesity prevention efforts.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Finkelstein, EA; Bilger, M

Published Date

  • April 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 106 - 109

PubMed ID

  • 22799509

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2153-2176

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2153-2168

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1089/chi.2011.0107


  • eng