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Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives (Studies in Medical Anthropology) Paperback – November 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0813548913 ISBN-10: 0813548918 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Medical Anthropology
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813548918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813548913
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,429,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Around the globe, there are more overweight than underweight people, and trends indicate that obesity is reaching epidemic toward pandemic proportions. Drawing on extensive original research, integrating previous scholarship, and using a bio-cultural perspective, Brewis offers a wide-ranging exploration of obesity as a contemporary public health and social issue. Highly recommended."
(Choice 2011-09-01)

"Brewis provides a much-needed and insightful analysis of the current obesity 'epidemic' and the role that culture plays in the causes and consequences of having a fat body. Brewis provides a great resource for teaching about a seemingly intractable issue in public health nutrition."
(Andrea Wiley Indiana University, Bloomington 2011-01-01)

"This book provides the reader with a unique opportunity to examine obesity through cultural lenses."
(Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences 2011-10-01)

"Obesity is well written in a clear and jargon-free style. Brewis's expertise in this are shines through and I learned many new things about something I have been studying closely for over a decade."
(John Speakman American Journal of Human Biology 2011-11-01)

About the Author

ALEXANDRA A. BREWIS is a professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University where she teaches anthropology and directs the Center for Global Health.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MsAnth on May 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great introduction for anyone interested in anthropological perspectives on big bodies. Written in a conversational and accessible tone, it's an engaging and interesting read. Brewis raises some controversial questions ("Is the 'obesity epidemic' really killing us?") and answers them in ways that draw on her deep expertise in biology and culture. A must read for anyone interested in obesity!
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