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The law and chronic disease prevention: possibilities and politics

Roger S Magnusson and Ruth Colagiuri
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (2): 104-105.

Legislation has the potential to reduce chronic disease, but political will and leadership are essential

If the law required restaurants to tell you the total calories and the grams of saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates and salt in the food you order, would it make a difference to your food choices?

Roger S Magnusson, BA/LLB(Hons), PhD, GDipManDev, Associate Professor1
Ruth Colagiuri, BEd, GradCertHlthPolMgnt, Director, Diabetes Unit,2 Associate Professor,3 and Co-Director4
1 Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
2 Australian Health Policy Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
3 School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
4 Oxford Health Alliance Asia Pacific Regional Centre, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
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