Correspondence address: Bethan Evans, Lecturer in Human Geography, Department of Geography, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, Roxby Building, Liverpool, L69 7ZT, UK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obesity/Fatness and the City: Critical Urban Geographies
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Geography Compass © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 100–110, February 2012
How to Cite
Evans, B., Crookes, L. and Coaffee, J. (2012), Obesity/Fatness and the City: Critical Urban Geographies. Geography Compass, 6: 100–110. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00469.x
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2012
There has been increasing emphasis on the built urban environment within anti-obesity policy in the UK and elsewhere in the global north as part of a shift away from a model of individual responsibility to focus on so-called ‘obesogenic environments’. While recent policy has called for urban design and planning professionals to eradicate obesity there is, however, significant uncertainty in the science surrounding the relationship between body size, urban design and health and little definitive evidence about what works. In this paper, we therefore outline connections between critical geographies of obesity and urban geographies in order to question the ways in which obesity is framed and politicised in relation to the urban built environment.