Obesity as a sociological phenomenon
For a long time, people have thought of obesity as simply being a medical issue: people ate more than they expended, and gained weight.
A lot of research has gone into the physical and physiological aspects of weight loss; looking for "the fat gene", promoting low fat or low carb diets, and also looking at how people could rebalance their desires for high-fat foods.
New research from the University of Warwick suggests that people become obese if the people around them are obese. Like that old saying, "working hard to keep up with the Joneses"...continue reading »