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Ethics and Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy

thesis
posted on 26.02.2018 by TIMOTHY JAMES ALLEN
Preventing obesity in children is the best solution to lower overall obesity rates, experts argue. This thesis evaluates the ethics of some controversial policies to prevent childhood obesity: bans on trans fats (TFs), particular family-based interventions, and body mass index (BMI) measurement programs in schools. I develop an ethics framework with which to systematically evaluate these policies. I find that the family-based interventions and BMI measurement programs in question may be acceptable if they are designed to minimise harms and to support parents. However, TF bans and similar policies would be much more ethically acceptable and should be prioritised.

History

Principal supervisor

Michael John Selgelid

Additional supervisor 1

Justin Oakley

Year of Award

2018

Department, School or Centre

Philosophy

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Arts

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