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Obesity, Public Health, and the Consumption of Animal Products. Ethical Concerns and Political Solutions

Lookup NU author(s): Mx Jan Deckers



Partly in response to rising rates of obesity, many governments have published healthy eating advice. Focusing on health advice related to the consumption of animal products (APs), I argue that the individualistic paradigm that prevails must be replaced by a radically new approach that emphasizes the duty of all human beings to restrict their negative “Global Health Impacts” (GHIs). If they take human rights seriously, many governments from nations with relatively large negative GHIs—including the Australian example provided here—must develop strategies to reduce their citizens’ negative GHIs. As the negative GHIs associated with the consumption of many APs are excessive, it is my view that many governments ought to adopt a qualified ban on the consumption of APs.

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Author(s): Deckers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Year: 2013

Volume: 10

Issue: 1

Pages: 29-38

Print publication date: 04/01/2013

Date deposited: 25/03/2013

ISSN (print): 1176-7529

ISSN (electronic): 1872-4353

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11673-012-9411-x

Notes: A version of this paper was presented at a symposium titled “Public Health, Ethics and Non-Communicable Diseases” hosted by the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) and the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney University on October 8, 2012.


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