Amarasinghe, Anura & D’Souza, Gerard, 2010Obesity Prevention: A Review of the Interactions and Interventions, and some Policy Implications, West Virginia University, Regional Research Institute, Research Paper 2010-2, 2010

This review examines the possible causes, consequences and policy implications of obesity using a multilevel, multispectral framework and propose the Individual, Social, Economic and Environmental Model (ISEEM) for obesity prevention. Some key insights from the review:

  • “Since fat taxes are regressive, tax incidence would be felt hardest by low income families.”
  • “[…] justification for a discriminatory excise tax on soft drinks is weak.”

You can find the whole paper here.