Public health and moral panic: sociological perspectives on the 'epidemic of obesity'

Lockie, Stewart, and Williams, Susan (2010) Public health and moral panic: sociological perspectives on the 'epidemic of obesity'. In: Lawrence, Geoffrey, Lyons, Kristen, and Wallington, Tabatha, (eds.) Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability. Earthscan . Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxon, UK, pp. 145-161.

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[Extract] In 2007, the number of people worldwide who were chronically underfed reached 923 million, some 75 million more than in 2003-2005 (FAO, 2008). By contrast, in 1999, over 1 billion adults and approximately 18 million children were overweight or obese (WHO, 2000). Neither rising food prices, nor rising food insecurity among the world's poor - especially landless and female-headed households (FAO, 2008) - appear to be slowing the spread of weight gain and obesity, a trend that has been associated, in particular, with populations undergoing socio-economic transformations associated with urbanization, modernization and globalization (WHO, 2000).

Item ID: 30852
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84971-387-0
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2014 03:17
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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