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.
|Title of host publication||Second opinion|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to health sociology|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|