Planet Obesity: How we're eating ourselves and the planet to death

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Allen & Unwin, Jul 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 144 pages
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Obesity is 'collateral damage in the battle for modernity'. It's an unintended but unavoidable consequence of economic progress.

Obesity is not a disease but a signal. It's the canary in the coalmine, which should alert us to bigger structural problems in society.

There are a number of areas where humans have achieved a peak of success, a sweet spot, but now that very success is turning on us and threatening to unravel centuries of achievement. On the one hand, economic growth has over centuries led to a steadily improving standard of living, better levels of health and ever increasing life spans.

On the other hand, this very affluence is the reason that both our bodies and the planet have gone into a downward spiral, manifested by an ever growing epidemic of obesity in humans, and in a world clogged by greenhouse gasses and waste.

Our bodies can no longer cope with the excess of over consumption to which we are encouraged at every turn, and the planet is labouring under the effect of industrialisation and greenhouse gas emissions which are surely exacerbating and possibly causing a level of climate change which is ultimately unsustainable.

A fundamental change in thinking is needed both for how we treat our bodies and for our approach to the planet. Each is the only one we have.

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Another fascinating look at the way people are eating themselves (and the planet) sick! Prof Egger is always at the cutting edge of thought about obesity and this is yet another mind-bending example of frontier thinking from Prof Swinburn and Prof Egger. If you've got half an interest in sustainability and the environment you'll find this hard to put down. Well worth a closer look, and a must for current economics students - 10 years ahead of anything your lecturers are teaching you.  


To begin
1 Hitting the Sweet Spot
Its Part in Our Downfall
3 Good Fat versus Bad Fat
4 The Role of Inflammation
5 Health Illth Economic Growth and the Sweet Spot
6 Linking Obesity Chronic Disease and the Environment
7 The Perfect Storm and the Sour Spot
9 Making Corrections
10 Just Help Yourself
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8 Health Promotion for Economists

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Professors Garry Egger and Boyd Swinburn have been at the forefront of health obesity study for over three decades and have published widely in the area. Garry Egger is the author of the best selling Gutbuster series.

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