The Energy Glut: The Politics of Fatness in an Overheating World Hardcover – 16 Sep 2010
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'Ian Roberts presents a refreshingly novel and objective look at two of the biggest Public Health challenges of this century - obesity and climate change - and the inescapable link between them. No longer is obesity a "lifestyle condition" or a problem of greedy, sloth couch potatoes. It is an inevitable consequence of our globally oil-dependent society. Read on and you should be convinced enough to reclaim your life... and your planet.' Sir Ian Gilmore, Royal College of Physicians 'In responding to climate change, the light from a constellation of medical professionals has been exemplary and shown clearly the way ahead for all of us. With his book The Energy Glut Professor Roberts reveals he is a truly bright star in that constellation.' Aubrey Meyer, Global Commons Institute 'The Energy Glut a 'must-read' for anyone involved in public health, nutrition, the environment, transport and energy policy.' Jonathan Porritt, Forum for the Future
About the Author
Ian Roberts is professor of public health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Britain's national school of public health and a leading postgraduate institution worldwide for research and education in global health. His main research interests are the prevention and treatment of serious injuries and in the links between energy use, sustainability and health. He first trained in the UK as a paediatrician working in intensive care and then in public health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and McGill University in Canada. He now works on large scale international clinical trials to find better treatments for seriously injured patients. Phil Edwards is a senior lecturer in statistics at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Head of the Department of Nutrition & Public Health Intervention Research. He trained in mathematics and statistics at the University of Warwick and teaches statistics across the masters programme. His main research interests are in transport and health, in particular road traffic injury.
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So what's wrong with it? The problem is that sometime the tone is hectoring. Obviously the author feels strongly about the issues he writes about, and wants us to feel the same. But he goes too far at times, in particular towards the end of the book, to the point where I feel myself annoyed even when he's making points I broadly agree with.
I really hope there will be a second edition updating the book with new insights and research. But I hope that also the author takes the opportunity to tone down some of the rhetoric and let people make their own minds up - because that would make the arguments more persuasive.
Well written and very readable, it must be read by everyone working in the field of public health and should be read by everyone else.
With his extensive background in the treatment/study of head trauma caused by road traffic accidents, the author knows painfully and intimately why we cannot allow our children to roam, play or walk to school as they once did, and why so adults many fear reclaiming the roads by cycling, jogging or walking as transport. He asserts that is not the individual's 'fault' that society has evolved to make even basic exercise a luxury. Nor is it the individual's 'fault' that densely calorific processed foods are so readily available and so cunningly marketed. The overall societal, global shift towards fatness shows an increasing waistline is NOT simply due to the bad 'habits' of a gluttonous, lazy individual.
Energy Glut is, however, certainly not all doom and gloom. Roberts goes on to offer solutions that will appeal to anyone trying to make a difference to their own health, and that of our planet. A valuable and timely book that should be read by everyone. Thank you, Ian.
An easy read but thorough investigation, and very up-to-date
Meanwhile this book shows how the motor and oil industry are busy, under the guise of 'road safety', trying to ensure that developing countries make all the same mistakes as us, spending precious development money on tarmac and teaching people the car is king.
My only criticism is that the central theme of this book is actually the need to reduce car dependency and increase walking and cycling, yet the cover barely mentions this. I'm very glad I picked it up though - everyone needs to read this!
The analysis is compelling: sadly, the cures he proposes, though wonderfully sane, seem just too optimistic. But he has changed my attitudes on a wide range of issues.
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