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New books by Professor Boyd Swinburn

Professor Boyd Swinburn, Alfred Deakin Professor and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Australia, has recently released two books.

Preventing childhood obesity

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice was edited by Professor Swinburn, Elizabeth Waters, Jacob C. Seidell and Ricardo Uauy.

Published in May 2010 the book features 34 chapters across four sections.  Assembling contributions from global experts, the book highlights progressive research and reviews current practice in community and policy interventions to prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve the health and well-being of children.

With contributions from more than 70 authors from 16 countries the book provides a global perspective on the issue of childhood obesity and makes essential reading for early childhood professionals, health care providers, public health practitioners and clinicians.

The book was reviewed in The Lancet, with former President of the International Diabetes Foundation Martin Silink commenting ‘Preventing Childhood Obesity will be invaluable in stimulating policy development, as well as the design of new experimental strategies to curb the childhood obesity epidemic’.

Planet Obesity

Planet Obesity: How we’re eating ourselves and the planet to death , co-written with Garry Egger, explores the relationship between obesity, climate change and consumerism.  The book argues, in clear and easy-to-understand language, that the current obesity epidemic is a symptom of a world dominated by consumption and excess, driven by a perceived need to ongoing economic growth.


The books' release has attracted media attention including an interview with the authors on ABC radio's Life Matters program.

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15th September 2010