Special Issue "Obesity and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2010)
Dr. Rachel Huxley (Website)
The George Institute, Level 10, King George V Building, Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, PO Box M201, Missenden Road, Camperdown, Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia
Fax: +61 2 9993 4501
Interests: Impact of major and modifiable lifestyle risk factors (e.g. obesity, smoking, diabetes etc) on CVD and cancer outcomes
Prof. Dr. Peter Clifton (Website)
Principal Research Fellow National Health and Medical Research Council, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Interests: obesity; lipids; diabetes; heart disease
It is clear that obesity is associated with increased health risks but exactly what proportion of deaths can be directly attributed to obesity is a contentious issue. Whether being overweight adversely affects health outcomes is also the subject of much debate. Another area of considerable debate is whether the obesity epidemic has flattened off in the Western world in countries including the USA, the UK and Australia whilst increasing in developing countries. These caveats aside obesity is a major public health issue but the appropriate responses are not clear and evidence is needed as to the benefits or otherwise of current and proposed public health strategies such as social marketing, banning of advertisements, taxes on high fat foods or subsidies on or provision of free fruit and vegetables and government support of exercise and gym programs.
Prof. Dr. Peter Clifton
Dr. Rachel Huxley
- health costs
- social marketing
- government regulation