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Geographies of Obesity

Environmental Understandings of the Obesity Epidemic



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Geographies of Obesity by Karen Witten
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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.

Author Biography

Jamie Pearce, University of Edinburgh, UK and Karen Witten, Massey University, New Zealand Jamie Pearce, Karen Witten, Barry M. Popkin, Daniel Kim, Ichiro Kawachi, Janet Hoek, Rachel McLean, Lukar E. Thornton, Anne M. Kavanagh, Mat Walton, Louise Signal, Billie Giles-Corti, Jennifer Robertson-Wilson, Lisa Wood, Ryan Falconer, Gavin Turrell, Melody Oliver, Grant Schofield, Katrina Giskes, Mylene Riva, Sarah Curtis, Graham Moon, Dianna Smith, Kim Edwards, Graham Clarke, Kirk Harland, Robin Kearns.
Release date Australia
February 28th, 2010
Edited by Jamie Pearce
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Ashgate Publishing Limited
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