What Role Should Government Play in Combating Obesity?

The Wall Street Journal:

Should the government tell you what size soda you can drink?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to think so. He has pushed through a ban on the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces—stirring controversy in the Big Apple and beyond.

Public-health advocates view the ban, set to take effect in March, as a national model for the fight on obesity. But many New Yorkers consider it an intrusion into personal choice. Even Mr. Bloomberg only went so far: The ban won’t apply in every venue, nor does it limit how many sodas a consumer can buy.

We asked a panel of experts in nutrition, consumer behavior, and health care to discuss, in an exchange of emails, what role government should, and should not, play in the quest to curb the nation’s obesity epidemic.

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