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Lifestyle Choices or Disease Spreaders?



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In light of the news that New York City has expanded its infamous supersize-soda ban to cover places like movie theaters, this BHTV debate between what I guess I’ll call “food activists” Michele Simon and Baylen Linnekin is quite timely. Simon thinks that since government has a part to play in preventing the spread of infectious diseases (by, e.g., sanitation regulations), it ipso facto has a part to play in preventing the spread of non-infectious diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  Linnekin, a libertarian, thinks if you don’t draw the line between infectious diseases and diseases that result from “lifestyle choices,” you invite government to tell you what time you go to sleep, how long you exercise, etc.

Full thing here.



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