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Gary Johns, PhD Biography

Adjunct Professor at QUT Business School and Columnist for The Australian
Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“Public health officials want obesity categorised as a disease. What follows is that Medicare will cover the condition and you and I will pay for it…

Yet the solution to obesity requires one simple exercise: push the chair away from the table. Unfortunately, too many fail to exercise this restraint. As a result, nearly 64 per cent of adult Australians are overweight or obese. More than 27 per cent of Australian children aged five to 17 are overweight or obese. The figures in Britain and the US are similar…

Obesity is a big problem. An existential problem. Libertarians are in denial and the Left sees an opportunity to control the lives of all. The middle will muddle through, but the buck has to stop with you and your mouth — and your medical bills.”

“Obesity Is a Personal Responsibility, Not a Disease,”, Oct. 5, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Adjunct Professor, QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Business School, 2012-present
  • Columnist, The Australian
  • Associate Executive Director, Australian Institute for Progress
  • Former Associate Professor, Public Policy, Australian Catholic University’s Public Policy Institute
  • Senior Consultant, ACIL Tasman, 2006-2009
  • Associate Commissioner, Commonwealth Productivity Commission, 2002-2004
  • Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations, Australia, 1993-1996
  • Member, Australian House of Representatives, 1987-1996
  • PhD, Political Science, University of Queensland, 2001
  • MA, Geography, Monash University
  • BA, Economics, Monash University
  • Twitter: @garytjohns
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