Income Inequality and Psychosocial Pathways to Obesity

Kate E. Pickett and Richard G. Wilkinson

in Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity in Affluent Societies

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264980
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754135 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Income Inequality and Psychosocial Pathways to Obesity

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Almost all health and social problems that have social gradients (more common further down the social ladder) are very much more common in societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor. Obesity is part of a very general picture to do with class, status and inequality that affects longevity, violence, mental health, teenage births, drug abuse and child well-being, among other outcomes. The causal pathways through which obesity might be affected by inequality are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: obesity; inequality; social gradients; income differences; class; causal pathways

Chapter.  7140 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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