This title offers an in-depth analysis of the psychological causes and consequences of, and proposed interventions for over-eating. The author examines the history of obesity and its distribution by social class and geography, the environmental effects of overconsumption and economic remedies such as the introduction of a sugar tax to reduce obesity. Joshua also considers the politics of corporate social responsibility of food and beverage corporations and how this could prevent poor health decisions.
This is the final title in a four volume series 'The Economics of Addictive Behaviours', consisting of three additional volumes on smoking, alcohol abuse and illicit drug abuse.
John Joshua taught Economics to undergraduates and postgraduates in Melbourne, Australia, and China for many years. He holds PhDs in Sociology, Education and Economics, and his research interests are in the economic, educational, and psycho-social transformation of developing economies.
2. The History of Obesity and its distribution by Social Class and Geography
3. The Phenomenon of the Body Mass Index
4. The Mismatch between Food Requirements and Actual Diets
5. The Obesogenic Environment
6. Behavioural Causes of Overeating and Lifestyle
7. The Psychological Foundation of Overeating and Behavioural Economics
8. The Consequences of Obesity: Health, Unhappiness and Quality of Life
9. The Environmental Effects of Overconsumption
10. The Politics of Corporate and Social Responsibility
11. The Prevention and Treatment of Obesity
12. Government Intervention in the Market and Rational Choice
13. Economic Remedies and the Reduction of Obesity
14. Conclusion: Towards an Integrated Health Policy