Why efforts against obesity aren’t working


Obesity rates continue to skyrocket around the world. The Lancet medical journal recently reported that the number of overweight and obese people doubled over the past 30 years, reaching 2.1 billion worldwide in 2013, despite public health campaigns and other measures that promote healthy eating and exercise.

... Our eating habits “must be seen as part of a big system” that is affected not only by our own behaviours but also by those of our peers, the food products that companies offer for sale, and by the regulatory environment in which they are sold, explains Jeroen Struben, assistant professor of strategy and organization at McGill.

... Dr. Struben co-authored the study with two colleagues, also from McGill: Laurette Dubé, professor of management, and Derek Chan, a PhD student.

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