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Overweight and obesity from a life course perspective

Chris Power and Tessa Parsons

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.003.0014

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

Overweight and obesity from a life course perspective

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This chapter examines the causes of obesity among women from a life course perspective. It emphasizes factors that affect a woman's vulnerability to obesity, particularly those from childhood since it is suspected that obesity risk starts early in life. Although only a brief outline is provided on the consequences of obesity, here too several life stages are involved.

Keywords: women's health; risk factors; excess weight; vulnerability to obesity; childhood

Chapter.  12524 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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