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Social Justice and the Urban Obesity Crisis: Implications for Social Work

Melvin Delgado


A number of economic, cultural, and contextual factors are driving urban America's obesity crisis, which can create chronic health conditions for those least able to manage them. Considering urban obesity through a social justice lens, this book aims to help with the development of targeted interventions for effective outcomes. It dissects the problem of urban obesity among people of color from individual, family, group, community, and policy perspectives. Beginning with a historical survey of urban obesity in communities of color, anti-obesity policies and programs, and the role of social wor ... More

Keywords: obesity, chronic health conditions, social justice, people of color, anti-obesity policies, food industry, advertising, physical exercise, health education, health promotion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231160094
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231160094.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melvin Delgado, author
Boston University