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March 17, 2004

Re: The right to eat

A reader responds to the obesity issue:

Yes, individuals should take responsibility for their own actions. But when the choices individuals make impose undue consequences on the lives of others, those choices must be circumscribed. If an individual becomes obese and therefore strains the healthcare system, all of us will pay in the form of higher health care costs. There is a public interest, then, in reducing the waistlines of all Americans.

The government, by working to reduce obesity, is providing a public good. Under the conservative theory of government, providing public goods is the business of government. There are strong liberal and conservative arguments in favor of government action to reduce obesity in America.

Written by a STop reader

 
Posted by Susan Byrnes at March 17, 2004 01:24 PM



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