If obesity is a personal issue perhaps individuals should remedy it

Monday, 11 April, 2011

Might healthy-living vouchers, an idea advanced by Canadian researchers Neil Seeman and Patrick Luciani, be the way to tackle obesity?

So instead of spending large sums on ads to shame us into better eating habits, spend the money on vouchers handed out to the overweight and let them find whatever provider of goods or services best meets their particular dieting needs. After all, the root causes of obesity are multifarious and new ones are being added all the time – such as diet sodas, gut bacteria, genes, sleep apnea, leptin levels, medication, depression, poverty and peer pressure. So the solutions need to be multipronged, too. What works for you may not work for me.

Meanwhile locally there is the new Swap It, Don’t Stop It initiative, which suggests healthy alternatives to over eating.

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