Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

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Federal Trade Commission
The Federal Trade Commission is a federal agency which enforces the law and pursues consumers’ interests by advising federal and state legislatures as well as government agencies, conducting research and providing educational programs for consumers and businesses.

LexisNexis (need password)
LexisNexis an online research service which provides access to 5 billion searchable legal, risk management, corporate, government, law enforcement, accounting and academic documents.

The McLawsuit: The Fast-Food Industry And Legal Accountability For Obesity
This paper examines lawsuits brought against McDonald’s seeking compensation for health problems related to obesity.  The researchers discuss the validity of such claims and possible outcomes of the litigation.

Obesity as Medical Neglect: Should Doctors Report?
The American Medical Association examines a possible child neglect case study involving a 15-year old obese individual.

Obesity Law and Advocacy Center
The Obesity Law and Advocacy Center is an advocacy practice that lobbies for the concerns and interests of morbidly obese individuals in the context of health care and discrimination.  The website has reference sections, a BMI calculator, and information on how to contact the center.

Obesity- The New Frontier of Public Health Law
This report examines the legal actions that federal and state governments have suggested and implemented and recommends legal strategies that the government can put into practice.

Preemption and Public Health Fact Sheet
This fact sheet by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation discusses preemption (when a "higher" level of government [state or federal] eliminates or reduces the authority of a "lower" level on a given issue) as it relates to public health.

PubMed (need password to access some documents)
PubMed is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and contains 17 million citations from life science journals for biomedical articles starting from the 1950s and also provides links to full articles.

The National Academies Press
This website is an archive of reports issued by several prominent science organizations operating under the Congress of the U.S.

Trust for America’s Health
Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on prevention, protection, and communities when it comes to the health of Americans.

United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA serves as a leader on an array of issues involving food and agriculture in an effort to expand and sustain economic development.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA protects public health by certifying human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, food products and cosmetics.  It also furthers efforts to make food and medicine more effective and available to the public and provides consumers with information important for their well-being.

Westlaw (need password)
Westlaw is an archive of statutes, case law materials, public records and other legal resources and also provides current news articles and business information.

Will Obesity Discrimination Lawsuits Be on the Increase?
Employers in the U.S. and the UK may face a growing number of litigations involving obesity discrimination in the workplace, and experts suggest that employers begin addressing the problem now.