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Weight of Modernity

An Intergenerational Study of the Rise of Obesity

Authors: Banwell, C., Broom, D., Davies, A., Dixon, J.

  • Provides people's experiences of changing environments and the emergence of social trends
  • Yields a comprehensive description of the social environment as it is embodied and determined
  • Creates new frameworks that can help shift obesity trends from their current lethal trajectory
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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.

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“The Weight of Modernity offers a vivid portrait of changing patterns in Australian lives in terms of food, activity and employment. … this volume makes a valuable contribution by locating individual experiences in the context of rapid social change. … This book offers important new ways to think about the changing weight of Australians and how we might respond.” (JaneMaree Maher, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Vol. 137 (5), 2013)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Big Australian: Obesity in the Modern World

    Banwell, Cathy (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • An Intergenerational Study Design

    Banwell, Cathy (et al.)

    Pages 13-22

  • From Habit to Choice: Transformations in Family Dining Over Three Generations

    Banwell, Cathy (et al.)

    Pages 23-39

  • How Convenience Is Shaping Australian Diets: The Disappearing Dessert

    Banwell, Cathy (et al.)

    Pages 41-58

  • From Sociable Leisure to Exhaustion: A Tale of Two Revolutions

    Banwell, Cathy (et al.)

    Pages 59-83

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Weight of Modernity
Book Subtitle
An Intergenerational Study of the Rise of Obesity
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8957-1
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8957-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8956-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8270-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 198
Topics