The International Journal of Obesity just released a a short review paper I was invited to write, which discusses the economics of policies aimed at reducing obesity. In the paper, I touch on the economic approach for thinking about government intervention in this space and whether there are market failures that would justify intervention. I then move on to discuss a variety of specific issues that are often discussed in relation to obesity such as farm policy, soda taxes, healthy food subsidies, food assistance programs (and proposed restrictions on them), and information policies.
Here is the conclusion:
My paper joins several others that critically evaluate anti-obesity policies.