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