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'Gluttony or sloth' : critical geographies of bodies and morality in (anti)obesity policy.

Evans, B. (2006) ''Gluttony or sloth' : critical geographies of bodies and morality in (anti)obesity policy.', Area., 38 (3). pp. 259-267.


In many countries, obesity is high on public health policy agendas, and geographical research has begun to engage with obesity. However, obesity is a highly contested term, and recent debates about geographers' engagement with policy, and critical discussions of the presence of bodies in medical geography, bear great relevance for developing a critical perspective on dominant 'obesity discourse'. Through a critical reading of a recent UK policy document, this paper considers the presence of bodies in (anti)obesity campaigns, calling for a more critical approach to the medicalization of body size to be central to future geographical work on obesity.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).
Keywords:United Kingdom, Critical geography, Obesity, Policy, Bodies, Medical geography.
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Record Created:24 Mar 2010 14:35
Last Modified:17 Dec 2010 16:32

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