Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England

Moon, Graham, Quarendon, Gemma, Barnard, Steve, Twigg, Liz and Blyth, Bill (2007) Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England. Social Science & Medicine, 65, (1), 20-31. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.046).


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Much attention is focused on obesity by both the media and by public health. As a health risk, obesity is recognised as a
contributing factor to numerous health problems. Recent evidence points to a growth in levels of obesity in many countries
and particular attention is usually given to rising levels of obesity among younger people. England is no exception to these
generalisations with recent studies revealing a clear geography to what has been termed an ‘obesity epidemic.’ This paper
examines the complexities inherent in the geography of adult obesity in England. Existing knowledge about the subnational
geography of obesity is examined and assessed. Multilevel synthetic estimation is then used to construct an
age–sex–ethnicity disaggregated geography of obesity. These differing geographies are compared and contrasted with preexisting
findings and explored at multiple scales. A complex picture of the geography of obesity in England is revealed.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.046
ISSNs: 0277-9536 (print)
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Keywords: obesity, multilevel modelling, age–gender disparities, geographical inequalities, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Economy, Culture, Space
ePrint ID: 55412
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2007Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:35
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/55412

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