a woman at a grocery store checkout

commentary

(New England Journal of Medicine)

October 11, 2012

Candy at the Cash Register—A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease

by Deborah A. Cohen and Susan H. Babey

A basic misconception has stymied our response to the obesity epidemic: the belief that food-related decisions are consciously and deliberately made. Our reluctance to interfere with or regulate the food environment is a direct consequence of the belief that people's food choices reflect their true desires. However, given the large proportion of people who claim that they want to lose weight and the small proportion who are actually able to do so, we must concede that human behavior doesn't always conform with professed goals....

The remainder of this op-ed can be found at nejm.org.

This commentary originally appeared in New England Journal of Medicine on October 11, 2012.