The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity by John CawleyThe Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity by John Cawley

The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity

EditorJohn Cawley

Paperback | February 11, 2014

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There is an urgent need to better understand the causes and consequences of obesity, and to learn what works to prevent or reduce obesity. This volume accurately and conveniently summarizes the findings and insights of obesity-related research from the full range of social sciences includinganthropology, economics, government, psychology, and sociology. It is an excellent resource for researchers in these areas, both bringing them up to date on the relevant research in their own discipline and allowing them to quickly and easily understand the cutting-edge research being produced inother disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity is a critical reference for obesity researchers and is also valuable for public health officials, policymakers, nutritionists, and medical practitioners.The first section of the book explains how each social science discipline models human behavior (in particular, diet and physical activity), and summarizes the major research literatures on obesity in that discipline. The second section provides important practical information for researchers,including a guide to publicly available social science data on obesity and an overview of the challenges to causal inference in obesity research. The third part of the book synthesizes social science research on specific causes and correlates of obesity, such as food advertising, food prices, andpeers. The fourth section summarizes social science research on the consequences of obesity, such as lower wages, job absenteeism, and discrimination. The fifth and final section reviews the social science literature on obesity treatment and prevention, such as food taxes, school-basedinterventions, and medical treatments such as anti-obesity drugs and bariatric surgery.
John Cawley is a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His primary field of research is health economics, with a focus on the economic causes of obesity, the economic consequences of obesity, and economic approaches to obesity treatment and prevention. He has served on expert panels and a...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of ObesityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:912 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.3 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199359970

ISBN - 13:9780199359974


Table of Contents

1. John Cawley: IntroductionPART 1: DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES ON OBESITY2. Aviva Must and E. Whitney Evans: The Epidemiology of Obesity3. Christine L. Himes: The Demography of Obesity4. Scott Alan Carson: The Cliometrics of BMI and Obesity5. Amanda L. Thompson and Penny Gordon-Larsen: The Anthropology of Obesity6. Ashley Moskovich, Jeff Hunger, and Traci Mann: The Psychology of Obesity7. Jeffrey Sobal: The Sociology of Obesity8. John Cawley: The Economics of Obesity9. Julie S. Downs and George Lowenstein: Behavioral Economics and Obesity10. Rogan Kersh and James Morone: Obesity Politics and Policy11. Esther D. Rothblum: Fat StudiesPART 2: DATA AND METHODS12. Inas Rashad Kelly: Publicly-Available Data Useful for Social Science Research on Obesity13. Diane T. Finegood: The Complex Systems Science of Obesity14. M. Christopher Auld and Paul Grootendorst: Challenges for Causal Inference in Obesity ResearchPART 3: THE CAUSES AND CORRELATES OF DIET, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, AND OBESITY15. Renee Walker and Ichiro Kawachi: Race, Ethnicity and Obesity16. Lindsay McLaren: Socioeconomic Status and Obesity17. Barry M. Popkin: The Nutrition Transition and Obesity18. Jason M. Fletcher: Peer Effects and Obesity19. Patricia M. Anderson: Maternal Employment20. Ellen Granberg: Depression and Obesity21. Elizabeth A. Vandewater and Ellen A. Wartella: Food Marketing, Television and Video Games22. Tanja V.E. Kral and Barbara J. Rolls: Portion Size and the Obesity Epidemic23. Brian Wansink: Mindless Eating24. Michele Ver Ploeg: Food Assistance and Obesity25. James F. Sallis, Marc A. Adams, and Ding Ding: Physical Activity and the Built Environment26. Dianna Smith and Steven Cummins: Food Deserts27. Darius Lakdawalla and Yuhui Zheng: Food Prices, Income and Body Weight28. John Cawley and Barrett Kirwan: Agricultural Policy and Childhood ObesityPART 4: THE CONSEQUENCES OF OBESITY29. Eric Finkelstein and Hae Kyung Yang: Obesity and Medical Costs30. Neil K. Mehta and Virginia W. Chang: Obesity and Mortality31. Khoa Truong and Roland Sturm: Schooling and Human Capital32. Susan L. Averett: Labor Market Consequences: Employment, Wages, Disability, and Absenteeism33. Rebecca M. Puhl: Bias, Stigma and Discrimination34. Abigail C. Saguy and Paul Campos: Medical and Social Scientific Debates over Body WeightPART 5: SOCIAL SCIENCE INSIGHTS INTO PREVENTION, TREATMENT, AND POLICY35. Christina A. Roberto and Kelly D. Brownell: The Imperative of Changing Public Policy To Address Obesity36. Tomas J. Philipson and Richard A. Posner: Economic Perspectives on Obesity Policy37. Frank J. Chaloupka: Lessons for Obesity Policy from the Tobacco Wars38. Lisa M. Powell and Jamie F. Chriqui: Food Taxes and Subsidies: Evidence and Policies for Obesity Prevention39. Tamara Brown: School-Based Interventions40. Ron Z. Goetzel, Niranjana Kowlessar, Enid Chung Roemer, Xiaofei Pei, Maryam Tabrizi, Rivka C. Liss-Levinson, Daniel Samoly, and Jessica Waddell: Workplace Obesity Prevention Programs41. Christina D. Economos and Sarah A. Sliwa: Community Interventions42. Pauline M. Ippolito: Regulation of Food Advertising43. Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe: Unintended Consequences of Obesity Prevention Messages44. LaShanda Jones-Corneille, Rebecca M. Stack and Thomas Wadden: Behavioral Treatment of Obesity45. William Encinosa, Dongyi Tony Du, and Didem Bernard: Anti-Obesity Drugs and Bariatric Surgery46. Victoria Catenacci, Paul MacLean, Lorri Ogden, Sarit Polsky, Holly Wyatt, and James Hill: Correlates of Successful Maintenance of Weight Loss47. Larissa Roux: Cost Effectiveness of Anti-Obesity Interventions: Social Science Insights Into Treatment, Prevention, and Policymaking