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1. Editor’s Note–Mark Schlesinger
2. The Popeye Principle: Selling Child Health in the First Nutrition Crisis–Laura Lovett
3. Obesity, Courts, and the New Politics of Public Health–Rogan Kersh and James A. Morone
4. Weighing Both Sides: Morality, Mortality, and Framing Contests over Obesity– Abigail C. Saguy and Kevin W. Riley
5. Public Opinion and the Politics of Obesity in America–J. Eric Oliver and Taeku Lee
6. Commentary-The Chronicling of Obesity: Growing Awareness of Its Social, Economic, and Political Contexts–Kelly D. Brownell
7. Bad Foods: Changing Attitudes about What We Eat by Michael E. Oakes; Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America’s Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do about It by Kelly D. Brownell and Katherine Battle Horgen; Food Wars: The Global Battle for Mouths, Minds, and Markets by Tim Lang and Michael Heasman—Ellen J. Fried
8. Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places by Robert J. MacCoun and Peter Reuter–Harold Pollack and Soheil Soliman
9. Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do about It by Mindy Thompson Fullilove–Lisa L. Miller
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Although America’s “obesity epidemic” has garnered considerable media attention, Americans are still uncomfortable with an active role for government in addressing the problem. In this special issue of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, five essays explore the historical and contemporary factors that affect the legitimacy of government action in this domain. As such, this is the first collection to focus explicitly on the politics of obesity in the United States. It brings together historians, political scientists, sociologists, and psychologists to study how Americans think about the boundaries of public and private responsibility related to food, exercise, and nutrition.
Contributors. Kelly D. Brownell, Rogan Kersh, Taeku Lee, Laura Lovett, James A. Morone, J. Eric Oliver, Kevin W. Riley, Abigail C. Saguy
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