Special Issue "Obesity and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2010).
Interests: Impact of major and modifiable lifestyle risk factors (e.g. obesity, smoking, diabetes etc) on CVD and cancer outcomes
2. Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), 5001 Adelaide, SA, Australia
Interests: obesity; lipids; diabetes; heart disease
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It is clear that obesity is associated with increased health risks but exactly what proportion of deaths can be directly attributed to obesity is a contentious issue. Whether being overweight adversely affects health outcomes is also the subject of much debate. Another area of considerable debate is whether the obesity epidemic has flattened off in the Western world in countries including the USA, the UK and Australia whilst increasing in developing countries. These caveats aside obesity is a major public health issue but the appropriate responses are not clear and evidence is needed as to the benefits or otherwise of current and proposed public health strategies such as social marketing, banning of advertisements, taxes on high fat foods or subsidies on or provision of free fruit and vegetables and government support of exercise and gym programs.
Prof. Dr. Peter Clifton
Dr. Rachel Huxley
- health costs
- social marketing
- government regulation