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According to the World Health Organization we are in the midst of a global obesity crisis. Is obesity a disease itself or a symptom of underlying physiological or psychological illnesses? Is it a sign of social excess and therefore not a disease in the medical sense at all? Is it really 'new'?

Sander L. Gilman, a leading authority in the social and cultural history of the body, presents a fascinating account of the history of obesity, looking at the changing attitudes towards the body, from regarding it as 'God's temple' to more mechanical and practical concerns from the Enlightenment onwards. In the eighteenth century obesity was understood as a problem of the affluent; today the affluent are more likely to have a personal trainer and a healthier diet, and it is the poorer classes who are more likely to be overweight. Gilman considers obesity in many contexts - including a chapter on obesity in China and the impact of modernization and Westernization on this very different culture.

Taking the issue up to the present day, Gilman examines the wider political and social implications obesity raises, considering whether obesity should be cured by diet or surgery, by psychotherapy or economic improvement, by healthier food choices or by social relocation.

About the Author

Sander Gilman is an American scholar at Emory University in Atlanta, USA.

Table of Contents

Prologue

1. From the ancients to Enlightenment dietetics

2. Dieting and the moral world

3. The physiologists and the psychologists

4. Fat in China

5. New causes; new solutions

6. Globesity - from Africa with love

Epilogue

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199557974
Author:
Gilman, Sander L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Sander L.
Subject:
History
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Series:
Biographies of Disease
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Approximately 15 black and white illustr
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
5.3 x 7.8 x 1 in 0.775 lb

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