Obesity: The Biography

Hardcover | June 6, 2010

bySander L. Gilman

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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 Enlightenmentonwards. 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 achapter 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.

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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 th...

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

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.1 inPublished:June 6, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199557977

ISBN - 13:9780199557974

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Prologue1. From the ancients to Enlightenment dietetics2. Dieting and the moral world3. The physiologists and the psychologists4. Fat in China5. New causes; new solutions6. Globesity - from Africa with loveEpilogue