Explores how affluence and the development of new technologies has come at a huge, and potentially devastating, cost - an epidemic of obesity and a world clogged by waste.
Obesity is 'collateral damage in the battle for modernity'. It's an unintended but unavoidable consequence of economic progress.
Obesity is not a disease but a signal. It's the canary in the coalmine, which should alert us to bigger structural problems in society.
There are a number of areas where humans have achieved a peak of success, a sweet spot, but now that very success is turning on us and threatening to unravel centuries of achievement. On the one hand, economic growth has over centuries led to a steadily improving standard of living, better levels of health and ever increasing life spans.
On the other hand, this very affluence is the reason that both our bodies and the planet have gone into a downward spiral, manifested by an ever growing epidemic of obesity in humans, and in a world clogged by greenhouse gasses and waste.
Our bodies can no longer cope with the excess of over consumption to which we are encouraged at every turn, and the planet is labouring under the effect of industrialisation and greenhouse gas emissions which are surely exacerbating and possibly causing a level of climate change which is ultimately unsustainable.
A fundamental change in thinking is needed both for how we treat our bodies and for our approach to the planet. Each is the only one we have.
About the Authors
Professors Garry Egger and Boyd Swinburn have been at the forefront of health obesity study for over three decades and have published widely in the area. Garry Egger is the author of the best selling Gutbuster series.
|To Begin||p. 1|
|Hitting The Sweet Spot||p. 3|
|Obesity: Its Part in Our Downfall||p. 10|
|Good Fat versus Bad Fat||p. 19|
|The Role of Inflammation||p. 28|
|Health, 'Illth', Economic Growth and the Sweet Spot||p. 41|
|Linking Obesity, Chronic Disease and the Environment||p. 52|
|The Perfect Storm and the Sour Spot||p. 65|
|Health Promotion for Economists||p. 71|
|Making Corrections||p. 84|
|Just Help Yourself||p. 94|
|An ecological model of obesity||p. 18|
|Links between fat and health||p. 26|
|The effects of lifestyle on chronic disease||p. 38|
|The link between obesity and greenhouse gases||p. 54|
|The causes of inflammation||p. 60|
|Energy volume and body weight||p. 103|
|The effects of lifestyle on chronic disease||p. 33|
|Global warming potential of gases released from combustion of fuels||p. 87|
|Potential effects of personal carbon trading on individual health and the broader environment||p. 91|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1