Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Hazardous Waist: Tackling Male Weight Problems

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Hazardous Waist: Tackling Male Weight Problems

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Hazardous Waist: Tackling Male Weight Problems Edited by A White and M Pettjfer. Published by Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford, 2007. Paperback 229pp. ISBN 978 1 84619 103 9. Price ?24.95.

Obesity among men, more than in women, is a serious public health issue worldwide, but specifically in Europe and the USA. Some men feel proud of being overweight and like to throw their weight about. Wrestlers often boast about being heavier and therefore better than their rival. They may ignore health professionals' warnings that obesity can lead to hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, heart disease, diabetes and fat-related cancer. The middle-age spread that most men expect in their 40s is now occurring in boys. The authors of this book are justified in concluding that if current trends continue, the chance of the majority of men becoming overweight is very real and it could lead to early ill health and worse. Urgent action by individuals and communities is essential to save lives.

The text's authenticity is certified as 16 of the 21 chapters have been written by the learned speakers at the Men's Health Forum conference held in June 2005. The other five chapters add even broader perspectives on obesity in men. The first part of the book weighs up the research evidence, causes and consequences of being overweight; men's psychological make-up that makes them prone to obesity; and the powerful influence of the media. …

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