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    Should the price of food be regulated to fight the obesity epidemic?


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    Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:19 pm Email this article
    An increase in food portions is one reason for rise in obesity rates in recent years according to a letter published in The Lancet from Harvard University's Walter Willet and Nicholas Wald from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London, England. They suggest that the government could define a standard size portion and then the price of food would have to be relative to its serving size.

    For example, the government could define that the standard sized hamburger is 3 ounces, and require that a 6 ounce hamburger would have to cost twice as much they suggest.

    This would focus competition on reducing price and increasing quality, rather than providing larger portions for the same or similar price, they note.

    REFERENCE

    Wald N, Willett W. Reversing the obesity epidemic. Lancet. 2004 Jul 10, 364(9429):140.

    AUTHOR’S CORRESPONDENCE

    Nicholas Wald
    Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
    Charterhouse Square
    London EC1M 6BQ, UK
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