Obesity: Towards a System of Libertarian Paternalistic Public Health Interventions

Public Health Ethics 5 (2):181-191 (2012)
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This article draws on scientific explanations of obesity to motivate the creation of a system of paternalistic public health interventions into the obesity epidemic. Libertarian paternalists argue that paternalism is warranted in light of the cognitive limits of human decision-making abilities. There are further, specific biological limits on our capacity to choose and maintain a healthy diet. These biological facts strengthen the general motivation for libertarian paternalism. As a consequence, the creation of a system of paternalistic public health interventions into the obesity epidemic is warranted



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