Law should help trim the fat

2 February 2009



The law should be utilised to combat obesity by influencing healthier choices, rather than regulating individual behaviour, argues  Professor Roger Magnusson.

In an article in  Lawyers Weekly, Professor Magnusson

"The difficulty with obesity prevention is that everyone thinks about it in individual terms - they say it's a matter for personal responsibility - and yet there has been little success in altering individual's behaviours," he said.
"I would [say] law's role is to nudge people and populations so that it does not try to dictate people's lifestyles but addresses the economic and physical and environmental and social landscape so that it better supports healthy choices."

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