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In New Hampshire, almost two out of three adults and more than a quarter of our children are overweight or obese. NHPR’s series explores the causes, the consequences, and some promising solutions to a growing crisis.Fast Facts about Obesity in NH BROUGHT TO YOU IN PART BY: The HNHfoundation

The Government Vs. Obesity (Rebroadcast)

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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.

Guests

  • 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.

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