Obesity and Coercion

  • Clement LooEmail author
  • Robert A. SkipperJr.
Part of the Palgrave Series in Bioethics and Public Policy book series (PSBPP)


We apply the concept of informed consent discussed in the previous chapter to demonstrate that individuals often cannot autonomously make choices when it comes to their eating behavior. We argue that choices about food and diet are not truly autonomous. The second element of exploitation, therefore, obtains. Further given that the activities of agribusiness and food retailers that have contributed to the obesity crisis have also resulted in the generation of a great deal of wealth for firms operating within those two sectors, the first element of exploitation also obtains.


Coercion Consent Exploitation Food choices Market consolidation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Minnesota, MorrisMorrisUSA
  2. 2.University of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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