Obesity and the Law

The obesity epidemic represents one of the most pressing public health problems facing the United States today and requires consistent and coordinated public health solutions. In confronting this obesity epidemic, it is essential to explore the law both as policy tool and as a health determinant. Policies that affect food, nutrition, and physical activity are rooted in complex legal systems. PHAI approaches these problems with an environmental and population focus relying on public health practice. PHAI brings together practitioners in public health and law; legal academics; researchers; and advocates to explore the effective use of the law in combating obesity and to craft solutions to complex policy problems.


Our obesity work focuses on the following two issue areas: