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The incidentally sensible city

Clare Herrick

in Governing health and consumption

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426383
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426383.003.0005
The incidentally sensible city

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This chapter explores the rapidly expanding canon of work examining the ‘obesogenic’ nature of urban environments and the ways in which this epistemology crosscuts efforts to create an incidentally sensible city. It examines the conflicting body of evidence concerning the causal relationships between the environmental determinants of health, body mass index (BMI), physical activity and nutrition. It questions the consistencies, limitations and generalisability of such studies when transferred across into the pragmatic realm of obesity prevention policies and interventions. It is hardly surprising that health is now a measure of the ‘good city’. The recent trend of ranking cities based on a host of factors such as liveability by publications such as Business Week and Human Resources company, Mercer, now extends to their citizens' relative fitness or fatness.

Keywords: urban environments; BMI; obesity prevention; Mercer; physical activity

Chapter.  13081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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