The Government Vs. Obesity (Rebroadcast)

Jul 1, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal. Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and that personal responsibility is the best approach.


  • Michael F. Jacobson - Co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. He also serves as Executive Editor of the nonprofit group's publication, Nutrition Action Health letter.
  • David Just - Behavioral Economist with the Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University.