Date of Award

Spring 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Associate of Arts


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Jessica Flanigan

Second Advisor

Dr. Crystal L. Hoyt

Third Advisor

Dr. Rick Mayes


The first chapter demonstrates the impact of the obesity epidemic in the United States. The epidemic affects obese individual directly, and burdens all US citizens. The second chapter is an argument as to why the obesity epidemic should be addressed by government intervention. The US regulates risky substances such as consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and risky behaviors such as driving. This work explores why food is morally equal to other risky substances. The final chapter explores several food regulation policy options.