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The Obesity Epidemic

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The Obesity Epidemic

Science, Morality and Ideology

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The Obesity Epidemic by Michael Gard
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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.

Author Biography

Michael Gard is Senior Lecturer in Physcial Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Jan Wright is a Professor of Education and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Release date NZ
April 26th, 2005
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
3 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
232
Dimensions
156x234x11
ISBN-13
9780415318969
Product ID
1682331

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