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Insecurity, inequality, and obesity in affluent societies

Author: Avner Offer; Rachel Pechey
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, cop. 2012.
Series: Proceedings of the British Academy, 174.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
Summary:
During the last three decades, obesity has emerged as a big public health issue in affluent societies.

A number of academic and policy approaches have been taken, none of which has been very effective.

Most of the academic research, whether biological, epidemiological, social-scientific, or in the humanities, has focused on the individual, and on his or her response to external incentives.

The point of departure taken here is that institutions matter a great deal too, and especially the normative environment of the nation state.

In brief, the argument is that obesity is a response to stress, and that some types of welfare regimes are more stressful than others.

English-speaking market-liberal societies have higher levels of obesity, and also higher levels of labour and product market competition, which induce uncertainty and anxiety.

The studies presented here investigate this hypothesis, utilising a variety of disciplines, and the concluding contribution by the editors presents strong statistical evidence for its validity at the aggregate level.

The hypothesis has an important bearing on public health policy and, indirectly, on economic policy more generally.

It indicates that important drivers of obesity arise from the interaction between the external 'shock' of falling food prices and the enduring normative assumptions that govern society as a whole.  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Avner Offer; Rachel Pechey
ISBN: 9780197264980 0197264980
OCLC Number: 794033860
Description: viii, 237 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Avner Offer --
Creative destruction, economic insecurity, stress, and epidemic obesity / Jon D. Wisman, Kevin W. Capehart --
Obesity: an evolutionary perspective / Robin I.M. Dunbar --
Behavioural biology and obesity / Trenton G. Smith / Spatial analyses of obesity and poverty / Adam Drewnowski --
Subordination, stress, and obesity / Ruth Bell, Amina Aitsi-Selmi, Michael Marmot --
Time urgency, sleep loss and obesity / Peter C. Whybrow --
The transition to post-industrial BMI values in the United States / John Komlos & Marek Brabec --
The history of the obesity epidemic in Denmark / Thorkild I.A. Sørensen, Benjamin Rokholm, Teresa A. Ajslev --
Income inequality and psychosocial pathways to obesity / Kate E. Pickett, Richard G. Wilkinson --
Obesity under affluence varies by welfare regimes / Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey, Stanley Uliaszek.
Series Title: Proceedings of the British Academy, 174.
Other Titles: Insecurity, inequality & obesity in affluent societies
Responsibility: ed. by Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey, Stanley Ulijaszek.

Abstract:

During the last three decades, obesity has emerged as a big public health issue in affluent societies.

A number of academic and policy approaches have been taken, none of which has been very effective.

Most of the academic research, whether biological, epidemiological, social-scientific, or in the humanities, has focused on the individual, and on his or her response to external incentives.

The point of departure taken here is that institutions matter a great deal too, and especially the normative environment of the nation state.

In brief, the argument is that obesity is a response to stress, and that some types of welfare regimes are more stressful than others.

English-speaking market-liberal societies have higher levels of obesity, and also higher levels of labour and product market competition, which induce uncertainty and anxiety.

The studies presented here investigate this hypothesis, utilising a variety of disciplines, and the concluding contribution by the editors presents strong statistical evidence for its validity at the aggregate level.

The hypothesis has an important bearing on public health policy and, indirectly, on economic policy more generally.

It indicates that important drivers of obesity arise from the interaction between the external 'shock' of falling food prices and the enduring normative assumptions that govern society as a whole.

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