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Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Policy Issues
     

Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Policy Issues

by Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, Garrath Williams
 

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ISBN-10: 0199964483

ISBN-13: 9780199964482

Pub. Date: 04/25/2014

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Childhood obesity has become a central concern in many countries and a range of policies have been implemented or proposed to address it. This co-authored book is the first to focus on the ethical and policy questions raised by childhood obesity and its prevention.

Throughout the book, authors Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, and Garrath Williams emphasize

Overview

Childhood obesity has become a central concern in many countries and a range of policies have been implemented or proposed to address it. This co-authored book is the first to focus on the ethical and policy questions raised by childhood obesity and its prevention.

Throughout the book, authors Kristin Voigt, Stuart G. Nicholls, and Garrath Williams emphasize that childhood obesity is a multi-faceted phenomenon, and just one of many issues that parents, schools and societies face. They argue that it is important to acknowledge the resulting complexities and not to think in terms "single-issue" policies.

After first reviewing some of the factual uncertainties about childhood obesity, the authors explore central ethical questions. What priority should be given to preventing obesity? To what extent are parents responsible? How should we think about questions of stigma and inequality? In the second part of the book, the authors consider key policy issues, including the concept of the 'obesogenic environment,' debates about taxation and marketing, and the role that schools can play in obesity prevention.

The authors argue that political debate is needed to decide the importance given to childhood obesity and how to divide responsibilities for action. These debates have no simple answers. Nonetheless, the authors argue that there are reasons for hope. There are a wide range of opportunities for action. Many of these options also promise wider social benefits.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199964482
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/25/2014
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I
Chapter 1: Empirical Uncertainty: Some Difficulties in Placing Obesity Centerstage
Chapter 2: Normative Uncertainty: What Do We Want From Policies to Address Childhood Obesity
Chapter 3: Childhood Obesity and Parental Responsibility
Chapter 4: Childhood Obesity Interventions, Equity and Social Justice
Chapter 5: Stigma and Weight Bias: Implications for Childhood Obesity Interventions
Part II
Chapter 6: Childhood Obesity and the 'Obesogenic Environment'
Chapter 7: Price Policies as Strategies for Obesity Prevention
Chapter 8: Responding to Food Marketing Targeted at Children: Regulation, Social Marketing and Media Literacy
Chapter 9: Schools and Childhood Obesity
Conclusion: Childhood Obesity: Some Practical Implications
References

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