Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity in Affluent Societies

Author(s): 
Offer, Avner
Author(s): 
Pechey, Rachel
Author(s): 
Ulijaszek, Stanley
ISBN: 
9780197264980
Date published: 
April 2012
Hardback
Price: 
£50.00

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.