by Henry I. Miller
Hoover Institution
June 20, 2013
Among the contentious food issues to be addressed by public policy this year is obesity, which affects Americans of all ages. It occurs in 12.4 percent of children ages 2 to 5, 17 percent of those ages 6 to 11 and 17.6 percent of those ages 12 to 19. Is curbing obesity primarily the responsibility of the government? There is, indeed a role for government policy-making in health care, but it’s not intrusive, punitive, arbitrary regulation; it’s allowing market forces to stimulate the production of fresh fruits and vegetables so that they become cheaper and more available to greater numbers of consumers.

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