Policy Memo. Obesity


Policy Memos should be about 850-900 words at least 5 Acadamic sources. Policy prompts and extended explanation of requirements can be found on the class page. Format should generally be the following:

  • Summary: Short introduction to the problem (who, what, when, where, and why)
  • Background: Brief discussion of current policy
  • Analysis & Recommendation: You proposed solution, written in such a way as to clearly flag how you are incorporating class concepts, ideas, and theories. This should be oriented toward a policymaker who does not have explicit knowledge of IR theory and concepts (e.g. do not write “realism / liberalism / constructivism says X” but rather use ideas and concepts from the theories to make your case). This section should make up the bulk of your paper.


Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to an extent that it may have a negative effect on health. This is a growing issue in many parts of the world (especially developing/developed nations). The United States has one of the highest counts of this affliction in its population. As a policy advisor for the CDC write a policy memo outlining the current infrastructure and political policies in dealing with this disease. What do you suggest for continuation or change in policy?

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