Obesogenic Environments: Complexities, Perceptions and Objective Measures

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Amelia Lake, Tim G. Townshend, Seraphim Alvanides
Wiley, Jun 8, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 248 pages
In a world where obesity has now reached epidemic proportions, a thorough understanding of the underlying causes of the problem is essential if society, public health initiatives and government policies are to successfully address the issue. The obesogenic environment describes all the possible influences that our environment presents which encourage overweight and obesity in individuals and populations.

Beginning with an overarching introduction to obesity and its implications for health and wellbeing, the book will move on to consider such crucial areas as eating behaviours and food environments, physical activity and the environment, the urban environment, methods, policy and future research directions.

  • Brings together expertise from across a range of disciplines
  • Written by a truly multidisciplinary team of international authors
  • Presents some of the most innovative thinking in the battle against obesity

This groundbreaking book brings together for the first time the knowledge of experts with backgrounds in nutrition and dietetics, policy, epidemiology, environmental sciences, medical sciences, town planning and urban design, transport, geography and physical activity in order to offer a multidisciplinary approach to public health, suggesting new and exciting ways to shape our environment to better support healthful decisions.

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About the author (2010)

Dr Amelia A Lake, Senior Lecturer in Food and Nutrition, Applied Biosciences, School of Applied Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

Tim Townshend, Director of Planning and Urban Design & Senior Lecturer in Urban Design, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape, Newcastle University, UK

Dr Seraphim Alvanides, Reader in GISc and the Built Env, Northumbria University, UK

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