The End of the Obesity Epidemic

Despite apocalyptic predictions from a vocal alliance of health professionals, politicians and social commentators that rising obesity levels would lead to a global health crisis, the crisis has not materialised In this provocative follow up to his classic work of obesity scepticism, The Obesity Epidemic, Michael Gard argues that we have entered into a new, and perhaps teDespite apocalyptic predictions from a vocal alliance of health professionals, politicians and social commentators that rising obesity levels would lead to a global health crisis, the crisis has not materialised In this provocative follow up to his classic work of obesity scepticism, The Obesity Epidemic, Michael Gard argues that we have entered into a new, and perhaps terminal, phase of the obesity debate.Evidence suggests that obesity rates are levelling off in Western societies, life expectancies continue to rise in line with rising obesity rates, and across the world policy makers have remained largely indifferent and inactive in the face of this apparently deadly threat to our health and well being Dissecting and dismissing much of the over blown rhetoric and ideological bias found on both sides of the obesity debate, Gard demonstrates that the science of obesity remains radically uncertain and that it is impossible to establish an objective truth on which to base policy His powerful and inescapable conclusion is that we should now mark the end of the obesity epidemic.Offering a road map through the maze of claims and counter claims, while still holding to a sceptical standpoint, this book provides an unparalleled anatomy of obesity as a scientific, political and cultural issue It is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the science or sociology of health and lifestyle.
The End of the Obesity Epidemic Despite apocalyptic predictions from a vocal alliance of health professionals politicians and social commentators that rising obesity levels would lead to a global health crisis the crisis has not m

  • Title: The End of the Obesity Epidemic
  • Author: Michael Gard
  • ISBN: 9780415489881
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The End of the Obesity Epidemic”

    1. I have a few things to say about this book, though I am not completely finished yet. I'm about 3/4 of the way through.First, I really admire this author. I read his earlier work with Jan Wright - The Obesity Epidemic: Science, Morality and Ideology - and it was wonderfully researched and argued. I would consider it an essential text for anyone working in health care or doing health policy who needs a critical analysis of the obesity epidemic (and that's nearly everyone, it seems.) It is not a fa [...]

    2. **I read this for a class on obesity**I found this to be a really hard read. Gard doesn't appear to have a set opinion, and wavers back and forth, almost seeming afraid to take a stance on particular topics. So that was annoying. He also uses a lot of difficult language and offers far more evidence than is necessary--a lot of his quotes just repeat one another and I skipped a lot of them because it was repetitive. Not a very good read.

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