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A Handbook of Food CrimeImmoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them$
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Allison Gray and Ronald Hinch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336013

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336013.001.0001

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Agency and responsibility: The case of the food industry and obesity

Agency and responsibility: The case of the food industry and obesity

(p.111) 7 Agency and responsibility: The case of the food industry and obesity
A Handbook of Food Crime

Judith Schrempf-Stirling

Robert Phillips

Policy Press

Obesity has become a global health epidemic and, as a result, a vivid debate about who bears responsibility has emerged. The book chapter elaborates on three fundamental elements that significantly influence agency in the context of food decisions: awareness and knowledge, the presence of alternatives, and addictive or addiction-like tendencies of human physiology and psychology. Under current conditions consumers do not have full agency to take full responsibility for obesity. Instead, corporations and governments play an active role in restoring consumer agency to make responsible food choices.

Keywords:   agency, obesity, food decisions, shared responsibility, consumer food choice

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