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Globesity


Globesity: a planet out of control?
By Francis Delpeuch, Bernard Maire, Emmanuel Monnier and Michelle Holdsworth

About this book
Obesity represents one of the major global health challenges of the 21st century. Its occurrence has now reached epidemic proportions, not only in industrialized nations, but increasingly in less developed countries too.

Written by world-leading specialists in public health nutrition, Globesity cuts straight to the underlying nature and causes of this devastating trend. It shows that the causes of obesity are primarily socio-economic and the result of a distorted agricultural and food production and supply system. To address this problem, we must learn how to better manage the physical, social and economic environment rather than simply focusing on individual lifestyle choices.

The authors draw startling parallels between the obesity crisis and climate change, both of which are characterized by the over-consumption of increasingly scarce resources and require radical, urgent and sustainable solutions. The authors argue that if we are to deal with the twin crises of our climate and our waistlines, action must be taken now.

Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplines, including anthropology, economics, sociology, epidemiology, medicine and nutrition, Globesity provides a vital treatment of the issues for general readers, health professionals, policy-makers and students alike.

Review quotes
"Readers of Globesity may be dismayed to discover that obesity is not a problem exclusive to Americans. It affects Europeans and people throughout the world. This thorough and well written book provides all the evidence needed to convince anyone that the health threats are real and demand immediate action from governments as well as individuals."—Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, and author of Food Politics and What to Eat.

"Focusing mainly on the overconsumption of our planet's resources as well as the culture in the western world of 'fast food' over healthy food, the conclusion of this highly topical title relates to the 'odd couple' that is obesity and climate change. Arguing that many of the solutions to obesity would also help to combat climate change, the loudest argument within the book is that we must act now if we have any hope of avoiding a two-fold global crisis."—The Environmentalist.

About the authors
Francis Delpeuch and Bernard Maire are research directors in public health nutrition and work at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Human Nutrition at the IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France. Emmanuel Monnier is a scientific journalist. Michelle Holdsworth is associate professor of public health nutrition at the University of Nottingham, UK.

This book costs £17.99. Please contact us for purchase details.


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