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HEALTH POLICIES (MARMOT REVIEW, HEALTHY LIVES, HEALTHY PEOPLE AND OBESITY) Name Institution Date Neo-Liberalism and Obesity Neo-liberalism has a massive impact on prevalence of obesity. Neo-liberalists top the list of obesity cases. United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia and Canada have the highest numbers of individuals suffering from obesity.
Food firms produce large quantities of food using cheap, unhealthy ingredients, thus escalating the rates of obesity (Chung & Muntaner 2007, 89). This is the phenomenon that accounts for the ascending numbers of obese people in England. In this respect, there is need to have policies that stem the impact of this governance and economic mechanism to have a healthier nation. The White Paper attempts to find the solutions to the deep seated problem. Definition of Policies in Health Context Policies refer to the aims and objectives that a party or a government intends to achieve and uphold in the interest to the nation and its citizens. In health industry, policies are made by the government to maintain a healthy society. From 1970s, implementation and drafting of health policies has been based on preventive measures rather than curative measures as was earlier done (Chung 2007, 21). Health sector and stakeholders in the health industry have realized through rigorous studies that curative measures are expensive and yield no marginal benefits. Policies regarding health of the society are drafted and formulated for implementation by the government with wisdom and prudence in provision of superior health management (Erickson & Wilson 1994, 32). ...
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