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May 9, 2007

Using Law to Facilitate Healthier Lifestyles

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(18):1981-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.297.18.1982-a

To the Editor: In his Commentary, Dr Gostin1 enumerates a comprehensive range of legal tools with which to address the public health problem of increasing rates of overweight and obesity in the United States.2 However, while he asserts that government action via the law may be a legitimate approach to this problem, and discusses advantages and disadvantages of each intervention, he does not articulate a typology of the alternatives that would assist policymakers in choosing from the legal smorgasbord.

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