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Personal responsibility or nanny state for the prevention of obesity

While freedom of choice may be the direct driver of the actions and behaviours of individuals, these choices are shaped and defined by a range of social and environmental factors. 

Individuals decide how much physical activity to do and which foods to eat based on personal preferences, health beliefs, knowledge, time, convenience, cost, age, gender and health status (to name a few). But these personal decisions are only one part of the picture. Societal and environmental changes influence these decisions by determining the types and amounts of foods available, and the physical activity facilities provided - in most cases, supporting over-consumption of energy-dense foods, promoting sedentary behaviour, and reducing time available for physical activity. Read more.

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