Obesity is associated with such diseases as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, hypertension, stroke, and some forms of cancer. RAND has investigated and continues to research the complicated interaction between environmental and genetic factors that contribute to the adult and childhood obesity crisis in the United States.

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    Strategies for Obesity Prevention at the Point of Purchase

    Mar 2, 2016

    Four point-of-purchase strategies could protect consumers from potentially harmful marketing: Standardized portion sizes; standards for bundled meals ('combo meals'); placement and marketing restrictions on processed foods; and explicit warning labels.

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    A Sweet Fix to Tackling Obesity in the UK?

    Jul 11, 2016

    It is hard to tell whether or not the new sugar tax proposed in the UK budget will actually make a difference. There is no conclusive proof that a tax on sugar-based beverages leads to reductions in obesity levels.

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