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Globalization and Health

, 6:7

First Online: 23 April 2010Received: 13 July 2009Accepted: 23 April 2010DOI: 10.1186-1744-8603-6-7

Cite this article as: Rayner, G., Gracia, M., Young, E. et al. Global Health 2010 6: 7. doi:10.1186-1744-8603-6-7


This paper draws together contributions to a scientific table discussion on obesity at the European Science Open Forum 2008 which took place in Barcelona, Spain. Socioeconomic dimensions of global obesity, including those factors promoting it, those surrounding the social perceptions of obesity and those related to integral public health solutions, are discussed. It argues that although scientific accounts of obesity point to large-scale changes in dietary and physical environments, media representations of obesity, which context public policy, pre-eminently follow individualistic models of explanation. While the debate at the forum brought together a diversity of views, all the contributors agreed that this was a global issue requiring an equally global response. Furthermore, an integrated ecological model of obesity proposes that to be effective, policy will need to address not only human health but also planetary health, and that therefore, public health and environmental policies coincide.

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Author: Geof Rayner - Mabel Gracia - Elizabeth Young - Jose R Mauleon - Emilio Luque - Marta G Rivera-Ferre

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