‘Gluttony or sloth’: critical geographies of bodies and morality in (anti)obesity policy
Abstract: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.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 7ZT, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2006-09-01