Geographies of Obesity: Environmental Understandings of the Obesity Epidemic

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Jamie Pearce, Karen Witten
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Medical - 331 pages
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Drawing together the international evidence for environmental explanations of rising obesity rates in the developed world, this book examines the many ways in which the contexts in which people live their lives promote an imbalance of energy intake over energy expenditure.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Introduction Bringing a Geographical Perspective to Understanding the Obesity Epidemic
3
The Emerging Obesity Epidemic An Introduction
15
Contextual Determinants of Obesity An Overview
39
Food Environment and Obesity Energy In
55
Changing Food Environment and Obesity An Overview
57
Understanding the Local Food Environment and Obesity
79
Childhood Obesity and the Food Environment
111
Childhood Obesity Physical Activity and the Physical Environment
175
Obesogenic Environments and Policy Responses
205
Policy Responses and Obesogenic Food Environments
207
Policy Responses and the Physical Environment
227
Future Research Challenges
249
Residential Environments and Obesity Estimating Causal Effects
251
Measuring Obesogenic Environments Representing Place in Studies of Obesity
277
Recourse to Discourse Talk and Text as Avenues to Understand Environments of Obesity
297

Physical Activity Environment and Obesity Energy Out
129
The Role of the Changing Built Environment in Shaping Our Shape
131
Understanding the Local Physical Activity Environment and Obesity
151
Conclusions
311
Conclusions Common Themes and Emerging Questions
313
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Jamie Pearce, University of Edinburgh, UK and Karen Witten, Massey University, New Zealand

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