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Obesity in Europe: The Strategy of the European Union from a Public Health Law Perspective

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Abstract In 2007 the European Commission published a White Paper on a “Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity”, proposing measures to impede the current trend towards a steady gain in weight by Union citizens. In this article, these ideas are discussed critically in the light of the competences of the Union and from a public health law perspective, in order to scrutinise the effectiveness of the measures and to identify shortcomings in the White Paper. One focus of this article will be European food legislation, as food is one of the leading causes of people being overweight or obese.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen Denmark

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2012-01-01
2016-12-03

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