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The real war on obesity : contesting knowledge and meaning in a public health crisis / John Boswell.

  • Boswell, John (John Charles)
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About this work


This book sheds new light on the political battle to define and construct obesity as a policy issue. Through a rich analysis of the debates in Australia and the UK, it develops a nuanced analysis of the competing narratives that actors rely on to make sense of and argue about this issue, and documents how and to what effect they draw on scientific evidence to support their accounts. The real 'war on obesity', it demonstrates, has always been over the meaning and nature of this public health crisis.--


London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]

Physical description

xiii, 224 pages ; 22 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Introducing the real 'war on obesity' -- Problem definition -- Debating individual agency -- Defining the scope of the issue -- Disputing the problem -- Policy engagement -- Representing knowledge -- Claiming knowledge -- Contesting knowledge -- Transmitting knowledge -- Conclusion.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
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  • 9781137582515
  • 1137582510