Synopses & Reviews
Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Within the next few decades, the burden of chronic disease will more than triple, with the greatest rises occurring in developing countries. However, the rapid growth of chronic diseases is not being met with a proportionate increase in global attention, with global health traditionally focusing on infectious disease and maternal and child health.
This book is the first to synthesise the growing evidence-base surrounding the chronic disease, comprehensively addressing the prevention and control of chronic diseases from epidemiologic, economic, prevention/management, and governance perspectives.
Sick Societies is written in five main parts; the first part of the book aims to understand the causes and consequences of chronic diseases on a global level. The second part of the book identifies approaches for preventing and managing chronic diseases while the third part of the book considers the power and politics in global health that have stymied an effective response to chronic disease. In the fourth part of the book the themes from the first three parts come into focus through a series of invited contributions from leading public health experts. The final part of the book sets out a model of pragmatic and imaginative solidarity, wherein the struggles of the rich and poor to survive are united by a common cause and shared goals.
"Ultimately, the authors clearly argue that stemming epidemic chronic diseases, both
regionally and globally, will require population- wide measures and prevention. That Sick Societies effectively articulates the need for considerably greater investment (by both governments and industry) in research to identify the levers for prevention if we are to reverse the upsurge in chronic diseases." -- Linda P. Fried, SCIENCE
About the Author
David Stuckler, MPH, PhD
, is an economic sociologist and epidemiologist at Harvard University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, his MPH from Yale University and his PhD from Cambridge before becoming a Research Fellow at the London School and receiving his appointment to the Department of Sociology at Oxford. He has been widely-recognized as an expert on economics and global health, winning grants from the World Health Organization and UNICEF on the political economy of healthcare, and from the European Centers for Disease Control on the impact of economic crises on public health. He has taught at Yale, Cambridge and Oxford on the subjects of global politics, economics and health as well as quantitative methods. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Guardian, New Scientist, BBC News, Scientific American, NPR, and Slate, among other print, radio and television venues.
Karen Siegel, MPH, received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH from Yale School of Public Health. She has written articles on environmental and policy approaches to prevent chronic diseases in India and globally, as well as on diabetes advocacy issues and chronic disease curricula improvement, in Health Affairs, The Lancet, Globalization and Health, and Nursing Standard. Previously, she played a major role in the development of the Oxford Health Alliance's Community Interventions for Health as part of the study's evaluation team, based at Matrix Public Health Solutions, Inc. and later at Oxford University. She is actively involved in the development of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, an online community with membership that spans over 150 members in 20 countries worldwide.
Table of Contents
Preface: Epidemiology of modern society
1. Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases, David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu
2. Sick individuals, sick populations: the societal determinants of chronic diseases, David Stuckler, Karen Siegel, Roberto de Vogli and Sanjay Basu
3. Social and economic consequences of chronic diseases, David Stuckler and Marc Suhrcke
4. Comprehensive strategies to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, David Stuckler, Karen Siegel, Sandeep Kishore, Kathleen O'Connor Duffany, Denise Stevens, and Sanjay Basu
Part 1: Management of chronic disease
Part 2: Prevention of chronic diseases
5. Politics of chronic disease, David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu, Lawrence King, Andrea Feigl, Sarah Steele and Martin McKee
Part 1: Political economy of chronic disease
Part 2: Creating a social movement to raise the priority of global chronic disease
6. Activities of the Private Sector
Part 1: The current and future role of the food industry in the prevention and control of chronic diseases: the case of PepsiCo, Tara Acharya, Amy C. Fuller, George A. Mensah and Derek Yach
Part 2: The corporate play book, health, and democracy: the snack food and beverage industry's tactics in context, William H. Wiist
7. Comparative case studies from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, Karen Siegel and David Stuckler
Part 1: Chronic diseases in Brazil, Victor K.R. Matsudo, Sandra M.M. Matsudo, Tania Cavalcante and Karen Siegel
Part 2: Chronic diseases in China, Lijing L. Yan, Yubei Huang, Chen Ying, and Yangfeng Wu
Part 3: Chronic diseases in India, Prabhakaran D., Ajay V.S., Mohan V., Thankappan K.R., Siegel K., Venkat Narayan K.M. and Reddy K.S.
Part 4: Chronic diseases in Mexico, Rebecca Kanter, Simon Barquera and Barry Popkin
Part 5: Chronic diseases in South Africa, Krisela Steyn, Debbie Bradshaw, Naomi Levitt, Estelle V. Lambert and Karen Siegel
8. Responding to the global challenge of sick societies, David Stuckler and Karen Siegel
Appendix: Resources for Action