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Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity in Affluent Societies$
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Avner Offer, Rachel Pechey, and Stanley Ulijaszek

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264980

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264980.001.0001

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Income Inequality and Psychosocial Pathways to Obesity

Income Inequality and Psychosocial Pathways to Obesity

(p.179) Chapter 10 Income Inequality and Psychosocial Pathways to Obesity
Insecurity, Inequality, and Obesity in Affluent Societies

Kate E. Pickett

Richard G. Wilkinson

British Academy

Almost all health and social problems that have social gradients (more common further down the social ladder) are very much more common in societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor. Obesity is part of a very general picture to do with class, status and inequality that affects longevity, violence, mental health, teenage births, drug abuse and child well-being, among other outcomes. The causal pathways through which obesity might be affected by inequality are discussed in this chapter.

Keywords:   obesity, inequality, social gradients, income differences, class, causal pathways

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