Obesity has become a global crisis and although most would agree that eating better and being more physically active is the answer, researchers have recently become aware that the problem goes beyond just changing individual behaviours.
We can convince people of the benefits of a healthy diet and regular physical activity, but what happens when they go home to a neighbourhood where fresh vegetables are not readily available or opportunities for physical activity are hard to find?
If living conditions don’t help support healthy lifestyles, the change will be next to impossible to sustain and this book introduces the concept of the obesogenic environment, an environment that leads people to become obese and explores ways that changing it can encourage healthier choices.
Although most of the current literature focuses on the food supply and dietary habits, Reversing the Obesogenic Environment takes a broader view of the current obesity problem and looks at all of the elements that combine to create the obesogenic environment.
It is a reference for public health officials, epidemiologists, health and fitness professionals and others interested in the environmental factors contributing to obesity.
It is also a valuable textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses in health promotion, public health, epidemiology, wellness, or obesity.
Thursday, 21st April, 6.00 to 7.00 PM (BST)
Is the environment causing obesity? Taking action to reverse an epidemic
One of the leading researchers and co-author of Reversing the Obesogenic Environment, Dr Rebecca Lee looks at the aspects of our modern environment that lead people to become obese, including the built environment, food accessibility and technology, public policy, socio-cultural influences and media and marketing.