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Governing health and consumptionSensible citizens, behaviour and the city$
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Clare Herrick

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426383

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426383.001.0001

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The incidentally sensible city

The incidentally sensible city

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(p.81) Five The incidentally sensible city
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Governing health and consumption
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Clare Herrick

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426383.003.0005

This chapter explores the rapidly expanding canon of work examining the ‘obesogenic’ nature of urban environments and the ways in which this epistemology crosscuts efforts to create an incidentally sensible city. It examines the conflicting body of evidence concerning the causal relationships between the environmental determinants of health, body mass index (BMI), physical activity and nutrition. It questions the consistencies, limitations and generalisability of such studies when transferred across into the pragmatic realm of obesity prevention policies and interventions. It is hardly surprising that health is now a measure of the ‘good city’. The recent trend of ranking cities based on a host of factors such as liveability by publications such as Business Week and Human Resources company, Mercer, now extends to their citizens' relative fitness or fatness.

Keywords:   urban environments, BMI, obesity prevention, Mercer, physical activity

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