La epidemia de la obesidad en España: La retórica de su discurso y riesgos potenciales

Translated title of the contribution: The obesity epidemic in Spain: The rhetoric of its discourse and potential risks

Miguel Company-Morales, Alvaro Sicilia-Camacho, María Filomena Rubio-Jiménez, Andrés Fontalba-Navas

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Abstract

Obesity has become a top priority for public health policies in Spain. Based on increasing prevalence, it has been classified as an epidemic. Despite these claims, research does not always seem so conclusive. The purpose of this article is to review some of the ‘truths’ about obesity: a) that it is on the rise and is an epidemic in Spain; b) that there is a direct relationship between weight and health; c) that its sole effect is the imbalance between energy expenditure and intake. In addition, since the ideas expressed about the obesity epidemic and the exaggerated and alarmist way they are produced might have harmful and unpredictable consequences on people’s health, a second aim is to point out some of the possible risks inherent in those communication practices.

Translated title of the contributionThe obesity epidemic in Spain: The rhetoric of its discourse and potential risks
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1063-1076
Number of pages14
JournalMovimento
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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