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‘Gluttony or sloth’: critical geographies of bodies and morality in (anti)obesity policy

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In many countries, obesity is high on public health policy agendas, and geographical research has begun to engage with obesity. However, obesity is a highly contested term, and recent debates about geographers’ engagement with policy, and critical discussions of the presence of bodies in medical geography, bear great relevance for developing a critical perspective on dominant ‘obesity discourse’. Through a critical reading of a recent UK policy document, this paper considers the presence of bodies in (anti)obesity campaigns, calling for a more critical approach to the medicalization of body size to be central to future geographical work on obesity.

Keywords: United Kingdom; bodies; critical geography; medical geography; obesity; policy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZT, Email:

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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