Workshop Summary

Lynn Parker, Matthew Spear, Nicole Ferring Holovach, and
Stephen Olson, Rapporteurs

Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention

Food and Nutrition Board



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LEGAL STRATEGIES IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION Workshop Summary Lynn Parker, Matthew Spear, Nicole Ferring Holovach, and Stephen Olson, Rapporteurs Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention Food and Nutrition Board

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PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR A WORKSHOP ON LEGAL STRATEGIES IN CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION* KELLY BROWNELL (Chair), Professor, Department of Psychology, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Director, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University WILLIAM DIETZ, Director, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ROBERT GARCIA, Executive Director, The City Project, Los Angeles MARY STORY, Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health Associate, University of Minnesota School of Public Health STEPHEN TERET, Associate Dean for Faculty and Education and Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health JOSEPH THOMPSON, Director, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity, and Surgeon General, State of Arkansas Study Staff LYNN PARKER, Scholar NICOLE FERRING HOLOVACH, Research Associate MATTHEW SPEAR, Program Associate ANTON BANDY, Financial Associate GERALDINE KENNEDO, Administrative Assistant LINDA MEYERS, Director, Food and Nutrition Board *Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the work- shop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published workshop summary rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution. v

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Reviewers This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: JESSICA DONZE BLACK, Alliance for a Healthier Generation TRACY FOX, Food, Nutrition & Policy Consultants, L.L.C. RUSSELL PATE, University of South Carolina STEPHEN SUGARMAN, University of California, Berkeley Although the reviewers listed above have provided many construc- tive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by HUGH TILSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, he was responsible for making certain that an inde- pendent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully con- sidered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the workshop rapporteur and the institution. vii

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Contents 1 INTRODUCTION 1 The Potential of Legal Strategies, 2 Organization of This Summary, 4 2 LEGAL APPROACHES IN OTHER AREAS 7 Air Bags in Automobiles, 8 Firearms Injury Prevention, 9 The Connection to Food, 11 3 ACTIONS BY FEDERAL AGENCIES: A FOCUS ON FOODS AND BEVERAGES 13 Initiatives by the Federal Trade Commission, 14 Initiatives by the Food and Drug Administration, 15 Discussion, 18 4 PERSPECTIVES FROM THE FOOD INDUSTRY 21 The Perspective of the Grocery Industry, 22 The Perspective of the Restaurant Industry, 26 Discussion, 29 5 USING REGULATIONS AND TAXES TO PREVENT OBESITY 33 The Use of Regulations to Change Food and Beverage Consumption, 34 The Use of Taxes to Influence Food and Beverage Purchases, 37 Discussion, 39 ix

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x CONTENTS 6 USING THE LAW TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 41 Legal Approaches to Increase Physical Activity in Communities, 42 Physical Activity as a Civil Rights Issue, 46 Discussion, 49 7 USING LITIGATION TO CHANGE POLICIES AND PRACTICES 51 Legal Strategies for Obesity Prevention, 52 Using Litigation and the Threat of Litigation to Leverage Change, 54 The Disadvantages of Litigation, 56 Discussion, 58 8 OTHER STATE AND LOCAL OBESITY PREVENTION STRATEGIES 61 Actions by Local Public Health Agencies, 62 The Roles of Attorneys General, 65 Child Care and Obesity, 66 Discussion, 68 9 CLOSING REMARKS 71 REFERENCES AND RESOURCES 75 APPENDIXES A Workshop Agenda 79 B Speaker Biosketches 83