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Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jul;6(3):A91. Epub 2009 Jun 15.

A health disparities perspective on obesity research.

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  • University of California, San Francisco-Family & Community Medicine, UCSF Box 0900, 500 Parnassus Ave, MU3E, San Francisco, CA 94143-0900, USA. braveman@fcm.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic disease and can decrease longevity, quality of life, and economic productivity. Compelling ethical, human rights, and practical reasons exist for addressing social disparities in obesity, which requires systematically applying a disparities perspective to obesity research and relevant policy. A disparities perspective guides us to consider multiple dimensions and levels of social advantage and disadvantage and how those advantages and disadvantages produce disparities in obesity and its consequences.

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