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The Energy Glut: Climate Change and the Politics of Fatness

By: Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards

Zed Books

Paperback | Sep 2010 | #187968 | ISBN-13: 9781848135185
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Hardback | Sep 2010 | #187967 | ISBN-13: 9781848135178
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World-wide, over a billion adults are overweight and 300 million are officially "obese", more than 3,000 people die every day on the world's roads and global warming and war threaten our survival as a species. The Energy Glut tells the story of energy and how our abuse of fossil fuel energy links all of these public issues as manifestations of the same fundamental planetary malaise. This exciting new book argues that the pulse of fossil fuel energy released from the ground after the discovery of oil not only started the process of catastrophic climate change, but also propelled the average human weight distribution upwards.

The author presents a frightening vision of humans besieged by a food industry that uses sophisticated marketing techniques to sell mountains of energy-dense food to those who are "functionally paralysed", with fewer opportunities to move our bodies than ever before. We see why the accumulation of body fat is a political, not a personal, problem. This insightful new work offers and appraises for the reader a set of personal and political de-carbonising strategies, but to tread more lightly on our world" we first need to make sense of the systemic processes, and The Energy Glut takes expert first steps in this direction.

'Ian Roberts presents a refreshingly novel and objective look at two of the biggest Public Health challenges of this century - obesity and climate change - and the inescapable link between them. No longer is obesity a "lifestyle condition" or a problem of greedy, sloth couch potatoes. It is an inevitable consequence of our globally oil-dependent society. Read on and you should be convinced enough to reclaim your life... and your planet' - Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, MD, President, Royal College of Physicians


Introduction 1. Fat people fat populations 2. We are what we eat but how much matters 3. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot 4. Money makes the wheels go round 5. Reclaim our homes 6. Reclaim our streets 7. Cuba and the era of the bicycle 8. Contraction and convergence 9. A better world

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Ian Roberts is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine.

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