Ethical and Policy Issues
Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, and Garrath Williams
Reviews and Awards
"This book provides a re-appraisal of commonly-held beliefs about child obesity and misconceptions about what needs to be done. The authors expose the futility of holding parents responsible for children's unhealthy behaviour, they challenge the assumption that education and family support will solve the problem, and they condemn the prejudice and stigma which surround the narrative of blame. The book shows convincingly how the causes of obesity lie in the fabric of the modern market economy: in the food supply which shapes our diets, the social and physical environment which encourages sedentary behaviour, and in the media which promote ever greater consumption. Obesity is not the problem: it is the symptom of a more complex social and economic malaise encouraging poor health." --Dr. Tim Lobstein, Director of Policy and Programmes, The International Association for the Study of Obesity
"A well-researched, highly critical, but carefully balanced examination of everyday assumptions about childhood obesity and its prevention from an intensely moral perspective. Although the authors demonstrate that no intervention is without ethical complications or effective entirely on its own, they call for immediate actions to reduce the stigma of childhood obesity, support parents, and create food environments healthier for children, adults, and the environment." --Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
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"This is an excellent and groundbreaking book. The emphasis on the empirical uncertainty and normative disagreement concerning childhood obesity, the comprehensive analysis of the obesogenic environment and the examination of weight stigma constitute its most original contributions." -- Matteo Bonotti, Global Discourse
"Well researched (over 500 references!), clearly written, and cogently argued, this is an excellent book. [...] Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." -- Choice