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Author Dawes, Laura, 1976-

Title Childhood obesity in America : biography of an epidemic / Laura Dawes.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource (viii, 305 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary Main Description: A century ago, a plump child was considered a healthy child. No longer. An overweight child is now known to be at risk for maladies ranging from asthma to cardiovascular disease, and obesity among American children has reached epidemic proportions. Childhood Obesity in America traces the changes in diagnosis and treatment, as well as popular understanding, of the most serious public health problem facing American children today. Excess weight was once thought to be something children outgrew, or even a safeguard against infectious disease. But by the mid-twentieth century, researchers recognized early obesity as an indicator of lifelong troubles. Debates about its causes and proper treatment multiplied. Over the century, fat children were injected with animal glands, psychoanalyzed, given amphetamines, and sent to fat camp. In recent decades, an emphasis on taking personal responsibility for one's health, combined with commercial interests, has affected the way the public health establishment has responded to childhood obesity-and the stigma fat children face. At variance with this personal emphasis is the realization that societal factors, including fast food, unsafe neighborhoods, and marketing targeted at children, are strongly implicated in weight gain. Activists and the courts are the most recent players in the obesity epidemic's biography. Today, obesity in this age group is seen as a complex condition, with metabolic, endocrine, genetic, psychological, and social elements. Laura Dawes makes a powerful case that understanding the cultural history of a disease is critical to developing effective health policy.
Contents pt. 1. Measurement and diagnosis : How big is normal?: quantifying children's body size ; Measuring up: height-weight standards and diagnosis ; Sugar, spice, frogs, snails: the composition of the fat child ; Insides made easy: measuring and diagnosing obesity using body composition -- pt. 2. Causes and treatments : Something wrong inside: childhood obesity as a biological fault, and the hope for a drug treatment ; The enduring promise: the continued search for a pharmaceutical remedy ; Feeling fat: emotions and family as factors in childhood obesity ; Kalorie Kids: energy balance and the turn to child responsibility ; Summer slimming: fat camps as a diet-and-exercise obesity treatment -- pt. 3. Epidemic : Bigger bodies in a broken world : television and the epidemic of childhood obesity ; Fat kids go to court: legal action as public health response to childhood obesity -- Conclusion.
Language In English.
Subject Obesity in children -- United States.
Overweight children -- United States.
Nutrition policy -- United States.
Health promotion -- United States -- Planning.
United States
Obésité chez l'enfant -- États-Unis.
Enfants en surpoids -- États-Unis.
Politique alimentaire -- États-Unis.
Promotion de la santé -- États-Unis -- Planification.
MEDICAL -- Gynecology & Obstetrics.
MEDICAL -- Bariatrics.
Health promotion -- Planning
Nutrition policy
Obesity in children
Overweight children
United States
Other Form: Print version: Dawes, Laura, 1976- Childhood obesity in America 9780674281448 (DLC) 2013039251 (OCoLC)861478333
ISBN 9780674369573 (electronic bk.)
0674369572 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.4159/harvard.9780674369573 doi
AU@ 000054659122
AU@ 000058370467
DEBBG BV042344237
DEBBG BV042793524
DEBSZ 429938640

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