The obesity epidemic: science, morality, and ideology

Gard, Michael and Wright, Jan The obesity epidemic: science, morality, and ideology. Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge, 2005.

Author Gard, Michael
Wright, Jan
Title The obesity epidemic: science, morality, and ideology
Place of Publication Abingdon, Oxon, UK
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2005
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 0415318955
Language eng
Total number of pages 209
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Increasing obesity levels are currently big news but do we think carefully enough about what this trend actually means? Everybody – including doctors, parents, teachers, sports clubs, businesses and governments – has a role to play in the ‘war on obesity’. But is talk of an obesity ‘crisis’ justified? Is it the product of measured scientific reasoning or age-old ‘habits of mind’? Why is it happening now? And are there potential risks associated with talking about obesity as an ‘epidemic’?

The Obesity Epidemic proposes that obesity science and the popular media present a complex mix of ambiguous knowledge, familiar (yet unstated) moral agendas and ideological assumptions.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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