Individual choice versus public policy: who is to blame for the obesity crisis?

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It is a question that Dr Sandro Demaio is asked regularly — you have to die of something so why bother being healthy? The answer, put simply, is because we should all strive for a better quality of life, not just a long one. Yet with obesity on the rise, Dr Sandro, who is medical officer for noncommunicable diseases and nutrition for the World Health Organization, argues it is not just individuals who have to take charge of their health, but also governments who need to make better political decisions about public health policy. Listen now Download the interview Originally broadcast on Australia’s ABC Radio National.

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Individual choice versus public policy: who is to blame for the obesity crisis?