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Models of Obesity
From Ecology to Complexity in Science and Policy


Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107117518

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  • Taking a comparative approach, this book investigates the ways in which obesity and its susceptibilities are framed in science and policy and how they might work better. Providing a clear, authoritative voice on the debate, the author builds on early work to engage further in ecological and complexity thinking in obesity. Many of the models that have emerged since obesity became a population-level issue are examined, including the energy balance model, and models used to examine human body fatness from a range of perspectives including evolutionary, anthropological, environmental, and political viewpoints. The book is ideal for those working on, or interested in, obesity science, health policy, health economics, evolutionary medicine, medical sociology, nutrition and public health who want to understand the shifts that have taken place in obesity science, policy, and intervention in the past forty years.

    • Examines the different ways in which obesity is framed in science and policy
    • Takes a deeper examination of obesity models and the rationalities that underpin them, allowing a comparative approach to obesity to be understood within a unifying framework
    • Builds on early work on obesity models to develop a unifying approach to what has become a diverse field
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    '… it offers potential applications beyond obesity, in the field of public mental health.' Miranda Wolpert, The Lancet

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107117518
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 178 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 54 b/w illus. 34 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements and influences
    1. Introduction
    2. Rationalities and models of obesity
    3. Energy balance, genetics and obesogenic environments
    4. Governance through measurement
    5. Inequalities
    6. Food and eating
    7. Global transformations of diet
    8. Obesity science and policy
    9. Complexity
    10. Systems and rationalities

  • Author

    Stanley J. Ulijaszek, University of Oxford
    Stanley J. Ulijaszek is Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Oxford and Director of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity there. He was recently appointed Honorary Professor in Health Research in the Humanities at the University of Copenhagen. His work on nutritional ecology and anthropology has involved fieldwork and research in Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands and South Asia, while his interests in dietary transitions have led him to examine the evolutionary basis and cultural drivers of obesity.


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