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Obesity Epidemiology$
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Frank Hu

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195312911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.001.0001

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Social Determinants of Obesity

Social Determinants of Obesity

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(p.342) 17 Social Determinants of Obesity
Source:
Obesity Epidemiology
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Frank B. Hu

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195312911.003.0017

This chapter reviews the empirical evidence detailing associations between selected social determinants and obesity. It also discusses measurement strategies for the various social determinants reviewed and introduces methodological approaches that might be useful when conducting social determinants research. There is considerable empirical evidence demonstrating that social factors impact obesity, although there is great need for additional studies to reconcile areas with mixed evidence. A critical examination of this literature reveals that social determinants do not influence obesity in a uniform manner; rather, they are frequently modified by a range of variables, particularly sociodemographic characteristics.

Keywords:   obesity research, sociodemographic factors, socioeconomic factors, psychosocial factors

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