The fundamental drivers of the obesity epidemic

  title={The fundamental drivers of the obesity epidemic},
  author={W. Philip T. James},
  journal={Obesity Reviews},
  • W. James
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Medicine
  • Obesity Reviews
Most policy makers do not yet understand that the obesity epidemic is a normal population response to the dramatic reduction in the demand for physical activity and the major changes in the food supply of countries over the last 40 years. A national focus on individual behaviour reflects a failure to confront the facts. Thus, the changes in food supply and physical environment are socioeconomically driven, and the health sector simply picks up the consequences. Urbanization alone in China has… 
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