Geographies of Obesity: Environmental Understandings of the Obesity Epidemic
Dr Jamie Pearce, Professor Karen Witten
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Science - 356 pages
Over the past two decades, rates of adult and childhood obesity in the developed world have risen sharply. By the year 2000, 65% of the United States population were overweight, 30% of these obese. Whilst medical treatment has tended to focus on individual habits of diet and exercise, this approach does little to account for globally increasing levels of obesity, and the external, environmental factors that may be responsible.
This in-depth study assembles the evidence for a geographical explanation of current obesity trends, and is the first work to examine the ways in which environment and living conditions promote an imbalance of energy intake over energy expenditure. The book calls upon the expertise of geographers, nutritionists, epidemiologists, sociologists and public health researchers, resulting in a broad, multidisciplinary analysis of this important health issue.
Cover graphic designed by Georgia Witten-Sage.
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Food Environment and Obesity Energy In
Changing Food Environment and Obesity An Overview
Understanding the Local Food Environment and Obesity
Childhood Obesity and the Food Environment
Childhood Obesity Physical Activity and the Physical Environment
Obesogenic Environments and Policy Responses
Policy Responses and Obesogenic Food Environments
Policy Responses and the Physical Environment
Future Research Challenges
Residential Environments and Obesity Estimating Causal Effects
Measuring Obesogenic Environments Representing Place in Studies of Obesity
Recourse to Discourse Talk and Text as Avenues to Understand Environments of Obesity
Physical Activity Environment and Obesity Energy Out
The Role of the Changing Built Environment in Shaping Our Shape
Understanding the Local Physical Activity Environment and Obesity
Conclusions Common Themes and Emerging Questions