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Tobacco and obesity epidemics: not so different after all?


Chopra, M and Darnton-Hill, I, Tobacco and obesity epidemics: not so different after all?, British Medical Journal, 328, (7455) pp. 1558-1560. ISSN 0959-535X (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1558


Smoking and obesity are two of the most important global health risk factors. Extensive evidence is available on the broader global determinants of tobacco consumption such as trade liberalisation, the global marketing of tobacco, and smuggling. This has led to a comprehensive response from the global public health community, culminating in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. At first glance the consumption of food is very different from that of tobacco. After all, food is not a deadly product and people need to eat every day to satisfy basic physiological requirements. Perhaps this is why the public health response to overnutrition has been largely based on the need for individuals to change their behaviour. But this approach is generally ineffective.We argue that an analysis of the broader global determinants of overnutrition will lead to a more comprehensive and effective global response.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Nutrition and dietetics
Research Field:Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Nutrition
UTAS Author:Darnton-Hill, I (Mr Ian Darnton-Hill)
ID Code:30999
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:98
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2017-12-07

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