Perspective paper: ‘Candy at the Cash Register — A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease’

Oct. 11, 2012, The New England Journal of Medicine

By Deborah A. Cohen, M.D., M.P.H., and Susan H. Babey, Ph.D.

A basic misconception has stymied our response to the obesity epidemic: the belief that food-related decisions are consciously and deliberately made. Our reluctance to interfere with or regulate the food environment is a direct consequence of the belief that people’s food choices reflect their true desires. Continue reading