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Author Roberts, Ian (Epidemiologist)

Title The energy glut : climate change and the politics of fatness / Ian Roberts with Phil Edwards

Publ Info London ; New York : Zed Books, [2010]
 RWU Main Library  RC628 .R63 2010    DUE 03-13-14 BILLED
Descript 182 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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Note "The politics of fatness in an overheating world"--Cover
Includes bibliographical references (p. 167-175) and index
Contents Introduction: The fat planet -- Fat people and fat populations -- The motorization of movement -- Food and the petro-nutritional complex -- Money -- Contract and converge -- The era of the bicycle -- Reclaiming our neighbourhoods -- Reclaim your home -- A better world
Note Worldwide, over a billion adults are overweight and 300 million are officially obese. This book tells the story of energy in society, and places fatness next to climate change, as manifestations of the same fundamental planetary malaise. It argues that the pulse of fossil fuel energy released from the ground after the discovery of oil not only started the process of catastrophic climate change, but also propelled the average human weight distribution upwards. The author presents a vision of humans besieged by a food industry that uses sophisticated marketing techniques to sell us mountains of energy dense food while at the same time we are functionally paralyzed with fewer opportunities to move our bodies than ever before and that the accumulation of body fat is a political, not a personal, problem. This work offers and appraises a set of personal and political de carbonising strategies. But to tread more lightly on our world we first need to make sense of the systemic processes, and it takes first steps in this direction
LC subject Obesity -- Epidemiology
Obesity -- Social aspects
Fossil fuels -- Social aspects
Global warming -- Social aspects
Mesh Subject Obesity -- epidemiology -- Popular Works
Climate Change -- Popular Works
Fossil Fuels -- economics -- Popular Works
Add Author Edwards, Phil, Ph.D
Alt Title Energy glut : the politics of fatness in an overheating world
ISBN 9781848135178 (hbk.)
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