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Think Talk: Obesity and Policy - What Works?

Think Talk: Obesity and Policy - What Works?

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  • Tue 20 Jun ’17, 7:30pm – 8:30pm


Selwyn Community Education, 203 Kohimarama Road, Kohimarama


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Selwyn Community Education is based at Selwyn College, Kohimarama, Auckland.

Presented by Martin Wilkinson.

Is it bad for people to be fat? Would policies to reduce obesity rates make people better off? This talk will give some surprising philosophical reasons for the answer `maybe not.’

We will discuss:
What it might mean for fatness to be bad for someone, and the relation between well-being and health. The view that because people make choices that are the best for them, their choices about eating, drinking, and exercise are best for them. The counter-view that people make irrational choices that affect their body weight. What follows for anti-obesity policy if we can’t tell whether it would make people better off.

Martin Wilkinson has undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Oxford University. He worked in the Department of Political Studies from 1993-2002 and returned in 2009 after several years working in the medical school. In recent years he has worked on ethics in organ transplantation and public health ethics.

His book Ethics and the Acquisiiton of Organs (Oxford University Press, 2011: pbk 2015) has been described in reviews as `slim, rigorous and entertaining' (Journal of Applied Philosophy) and `a first-rate work of philosophy, independent of sub-field' Res Publica. He was Chair of the Bioethics Council and Deputy Chair of the National Ethics Advisory Committee.

Registration is essential to ensure we have sufficient space for participants.

Please register online, by emailing - info@selwyncomed.school.nz, or by telephoning the office on 5219623.

A gold coin donation would be appreciated upon arrival.

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