Obesity and public policy

Ashley N. Gearhardt, Marie A. Bragg, Rebecca L. Pearl, Natasha A. Schvey, Christina A. Roberto, Kelly D. Brownell

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There is a pressing need to reduce both the prevalence and impact of obesity. This review begins with a discussion of the roles of treatment and prevention. Two overriding issues, weight bias and the addictive nature of food, are covered because of their importance not only to the individuals affected but also to public policy. We then cover promising policy areas in which changes can be implemented to support healthy behaviors: school policy, food marketing, food labeling and packaging, and taxes on unhealthy foods. The roles of the food industry and federal, state, and local governments are also discussed. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-430
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology
StatePublished - Apr 27 2012


  • food addiction
  • food labeling
  • food marketing
  • obesity prevention
  • school health
  • weight bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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