Overweight

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

Diabetes-obesity spectrum

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Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Examines obesity’s relationship to diabetes, and possible relationships being explored between synthetic chemicals and diabetes, obesity, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome.

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Endocrine disruption

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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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The Source

Discusses how women, who are still the primary caregivers, are more exposed to common endocrine disrupting chemicals such as household cleaning products, than are men, and this exposes them to health risks.

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Overweight and obesity in women: health risks and consequences

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Medscape
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2003

Examines in detail the effects of obesity on women’s health.
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Body Weight

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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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The Source

Summarizes how overweight and obesity affect women by looking at sex, gender and diversity. Also critiques the BMI as an accurate measure of overweight and obesity.

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