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Bone density tests: when you need them and when you don’t

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Choosing Wisely
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2012

A factsheet about when it is useful to have a bone density test and when it is not appropriate – and possibly harmful – to have these tests done.

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Private health screening: what to think about when you’re thinking about screening tests

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The website of a group of doctors in Britain concerned about the safety and the ethics of private screening tests, and about companies who advertise those tests. Includes resources to help people decide whether or not to take a screening test.

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What’s in a scan? How well are consumers informed about the benefits and harms related to screening technology (CT and PET Scans) in Canada?

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Alan Cassels
Jaclyn van Wiltenburg
Wendy Armstrong
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Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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2009

Argues that private clinics selling high-tech services to screen healthy people for disease could be harming Canadians and placing an undue burden on the public health system.

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ISBN 978-1-897569-43-6
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Contains footnotes. 48 pages.

Over-diagnosis epidemic

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Ray Moynihan
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The Conversation
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2012

A ten-part online series that outlines the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overuse of medical screening tests.

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The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic?

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Paul Campos
Abigail Saguy
Paul Ernsberger
Eric Oliver
Glenn Gaesser
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Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 55-60
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International Journal of Epidemiology
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February 2006

Argues that scientific evidence does not support claims about "the obesity epidemic" and does not justify diverting scarce resources away from more pressing public health issues. Evaluates four central claims made by those who are calling for intensifying the "war on fat": that obesity is an epidemic; that overweight and obesity are major contributors to mortality; that higher than average adiposity is pathological and a primary direct cause of disease; and that significant long-term weight loss is both medically beneficial and a practical goal. 

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Includes bibliographical references. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyi254

There is a public health crisis – it’s not fat on the body but fat in the mind and the fat of profits

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Susie Orbach
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Volume 35, Issue 1, pp. 67-69
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International Journal of Epidemiology
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February 2006

The author of Fat is a Feminist Issue argues that the way obesity is being framed as a crisis or an epidemic is stigmatizing overweight people and adding dangerously to disordered eating, which is itself a serious public health emergency.

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Includes bibliographical references. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyi256

The fat of the land: do agricultural subsidies foster poor health?

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Scott Fields
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Volume 112, Number 14
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Environmental Health Perspectives
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2004

Discusses the possible effects of farm subsidies on unhealthy food produced in the U.S. and argues for more subsidies for fruit and vegetable growers to encourage healthier eating.

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The perils of ignoring history: Big Tobacco played dirty and millions died. How similar is Big Food?

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Kelly Brownell
Kenneth Warner
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Volume 87, Number 1, pp. 259-294
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The Milbank Quarterly,
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2009

Compares how both the tobacco and food industries influence public opinion, legislation and regulation, litigation, and the conduct of science. Argues for better standards that are not regulated by the food industry itself.

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Includes bibliographical references.

Food sovereignty: power, gender, and the right to food

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Rajeev C. Patel
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Volume 9, Number 6
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PLOS Medicine
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2012

Argues that gender is key to food insecurity and malnourishment because women and girls are disproportionately disempowered through current processes and politics of food's production, consumption, and distribution.

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Includes bibliographical references.

The nutrition transition and obesity

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Explains ‘nutrition transition’ – major changes in diet and physical activity – a phenomenon underlying the rising rates of obesity in the developing world.

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