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Let's Talk About 'fat': Conceptualization of Obesity in Canada, the Role of Social Determinants of Health & Neoliberal Policies

Let's Talk About 'fat': Conceptualization of Obesity in Canada, the Role of Social Determinants of Health & Neoliberal Policies

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Title: Let's Talk About 'fat': Conceptualization of Obesity in Canada, the Role of Social Determinants of Health & Neoliberal Policies
Author: Medvedyuk, Stella
Abstract: In the last twenty years, obesity has become a major concern in the public health and academic literatures. Most of this literature stems from a biomedical and behavioural/lifestyle perspective. However, parallel to this view emerged a different approach which questioned the validity of the obesity ‘epidemic’. This Major Research Paper (MRP) focuses on how obesity is conceptualized in Canada by analyzing two governmental and one non-government report through use of qualitative content analysis. A critical analysis of these reports will use Labonte’s (1993), supplemented by Raphael, framework of biomedical, behavioural/lifestyle, socio-environmental and critical structural approaches. It explores whether social determinants of health play a role in these reports. And lastly, a political economy approach is used to explore how the Canadian political climate with its neoliberal public policy reforms formulates and influences strategies proposed to ‘treat’ obesity.
Subject: public health
obesity
biomedical
social determinants of health
political economy
Type: Major Research Paper
Rights: The copyright for the paper content remains with the author.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33231
Date: 2015-08-26

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