The Economics of Obesity and The Role of Government in Obesity Prevention: The Turkish Case

Secilmis I. E.

IKTISAT ISLETME VE FINANS, vol.29, no.334, pp.29-58, 2014 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 334
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3848/iif.2014.334.3946
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.29-58


The aim of this study is twofold: one is to provide an overview of the economic theory of obesity; and the other is to discuss a public policy response to obesity, The Obesity Prevention and Control Program of Turkey. The obesity epidemic has become widely recognized as a major global health and economic problem in recent years. Therefore, in this paper, I investigate the economic causes and consequences of the weight problem, with emphasis on the role of the government in prevention policies. In this context, I consider how well the Turkish government is able to carry out these roles, and by looking at its objectives and policies, I came to the conclusion that the government has been employing a soft paternalistic approach to obesity control and reduction.