The weight of modernity: mitigating obesity


Broom D**, Dixon J*, Banwell C*, Forth C*, Graham Giles (* External collaborators ** Project leader)


Investigate the reasons underlying changing food consumption and physical activity practices, by asking:

  1. How have key social trends contributed to changing patterns of food consumption and physical activity in Australia over the last 50 years?
  2. How have gendered and social-positioned individuals experienced and responded to these key trends?
  3. Analyse the reasons for the declining, but unequally distributed, rates of a related disease of modernity – coronary heart disease.
  4. Synthesise the theoretical and empirical insights gained in 1) and 3) to inform the social changes needed to mitigate the rise in obesity and its unequal distribution.