If Sugar Is Addictive…What Does It Mean for the Law?
Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
© 2013 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Special Issue: SYMPOSIUM: 2012 Public Health Law Conference: Practical Approaches to Critical Challenges
Volume 41, Issue Supplement s1, pages 46–49, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Gearhardt, A., Roberts, M. and Ashe, M. (2013), If Sugar Is Addictive…What Does It Mean for the Law?. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 41: 46–49. doi: 10.1111/jlme.12038
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 16 APR 2013
Newly emerging links between sugar and addiction raise challenging issues for public health policy. What was once a naturally occurring food ingredient is now a highly concentrated food additive. If foods containing artificially high levels of sugar are capable of triggering addictive behaviors, how should policymakers respond? What regulatory steps would be suitable and practical? This paper explores the concept and definition of addiction and presents evidence of the addictive potential of sugar. It also explores the legal implications if sufficient evidence demonstrates that sugar is indeed addictive.