The social determinants of obesity

Lauren T. Williams, John Germov

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    Health authorities across the world are concerned about the rising prevalence of obesity. Their concern is that social, economic, and health costs will increase due to obesity being a risk factor for disease (AIHW 2016a; PWC 2015). Obesity has been portrayed as a public health problem in the Australian media, particularly with the realisation that rates of obesity in children were increasing. Obesity rates continue to increase, despite the billions of dollars spent by individuals in the pursuit of thinness, the intensity of the research effort seeking effective interventions, and the multitude of government and health authority reports publishing goals aimed at reversing obesity trends. This has prompted a debate internationally about how to best address the so-called ‘problem’ of obesity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecond opinion
    Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to health sociology
    EditorsJohn Germov
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Victoria
    PublisherOxford University Press, USA
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190306496
    ISBN (Print)9780190306489
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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