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The Ethical Matrix as a Tool in Policy Interventions: The Obesity Crisis

  • Ben Mepham


The chapter addresses the issue of how governments of democratic states might seek to assist their citizens to reverse the serious trend towards overweight and obesity. Recent reports have stressed the contributory role of the obesogenic environment that characterises contemporary UK society, and suggested that to be effective policy interventions need to be implemented on several fronts. The chapter explores the multidimensional capabilities of the ethical matrix as both a procedural and a substantive tool in such programmes, focusing on food production, marketing and consumption.


Ethical Analysis Common Morality Conditioned Power Obesogenic Environment Public Policy Decision 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Applied Bioethics, University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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