Paul Thompson, W.K. Kellog Professor of Agriculture, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State, provided this question for the Paterno Fellows Town Hall Forum on Food Ethics:
What responsibility do government, industry, and individuals have to address the problem of obesity in the Unites States, and what should they do?
He elaborated on the question as follows:
The historically unprecedented ready availability of food in the industrialized world is coupled with rising over consumption and health problems, yet we seem to lack the appropriate moral vocabulary with which to address the issue.