Weight of Modernity

An Intergenerational Study of the Rise of Obesity

  • Cathy Banwell
  • Dorothy Broom
  • Anna Davies
  • Jane Dixon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 1-12
  3. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 13-22
  4. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 23-39
  5. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 41-58
  6. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 59-83
  7. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 85-103
  8. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 105-127
  9. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 129-149
  10. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 151-171
  11. Cathy Banwell, Dorothy Broom, Anna Davies, Jane Dixon
    Pages 173-189
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 191-195

About this book

Introduction

Over a half of adults in the US, Canada, Australia and numerous European countries are now overweight or obese, a proportion that has risen sharply in the past two decades. Dominant biomedical explanations focus on the energy equation – an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure - and remedies focus on motivating individuals to restore the balance by eating better and being more active, or – in extreme cases – surgical intervention.

 

This book offers a perspective that sees increasing obesity as a social phenomenon as well as a public health problem. It contains detailed accounts of three generations of Australians’ experiences of changing environments and the emergence of social trends such as increasing availability of convenience foods, the individualisation and commercialisation of leisure, car reliance, and busyness. Participants' narratives are interwoven with sociological and historical analyses of changes to show how contemporary Australians are experiencing and adapting to dramatic socio-cultural and environmental changes that are reshaping their lives and, in many cases, their bodies. 

 

The book demonstrates that obesity is an unintended consequence of economic development accompanied by profound socio-cultural changes, and by identifying the key developments the authors propose leverage points. While the research was conducted in Australia, the fundamental drivers of rapid weight gain are equally present in other modern, secular societies.

Keywords

Convenience foods Dieting Diseases of Modernity Eating Habits Eating better and being more active Economic Development Energy equation Imbalance between energy intake and expenditure Modern society Obesity Obesogenic Over-nutrition Overweight Public Health Problem Surgical intervention

Authors and affiliations

  • Cathy Banwell
    • 1
  • Dorothy Broom
    • 2
  • Anna Davies
    • 3
  • Jane Dixon
    • 4
  1. 1.National Center for Epidemiology &, Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.National Center for Epidemiology &, Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.National Center for Epidemiology &, Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  4. 4.National Center for Epidemiology &, Population HealthAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8957-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8956-4
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-8957-1
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