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Regulating Obesity?: Government, Society, and Questions of Health

W.A. Bogart

Abstract

This book explores the effectiveness of legal interventions aimed at promoting healthier lifestyles. The book suggests that the government’s emphasis on encouraging weight loss and preventing excess gain have largely failed to resolve obesity and have instead fueled prejudice against fat people. It suggests that a major challenge lies in shifting norms away from stigmatization of the obese and towards more nutritious and healthy lifestyle habits in addition to the acceptance of bodies in all shapes and sizes. Part of this challenge lies in the complex effects of law and its relationship with n ... More

Keywords: healthy lifestyle, legal interventions, weight loss, fat, obese, overweight, human rights laws, fiscal policy, marketing, physical activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199856206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856206.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

W.A. Bogart, author
University of Windsor

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{PART I} Obesity and the Regulation of Consumption

{PART II} Being Fat

{PART III} Healthy Consumption, Active Living, and the Regulatory State

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