Weighing it up : thinking about the implications of school based obesity prevention initiatives

Leahy, Deana and Harrison, Lyn 2008, Weighing it up : thinking about the implications of school based obesity prevention initiatives, ACHPER Australia healthy lifestyles journal, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 19-22.

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Title Weighing it up : thinking about the implications of school based obesity prevention initiatives
Author(s) Leahy, Deana
Harrison, Lyn
Journal name ACHPER Australia healthy lifestyles journal
Volume number 55
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 22
Total pages 4
Publisher Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc.
Place of publication Hindmarsh, S. Aust.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1445-8918
Keyword(s) obesity
prevention
health promotion
health education
overweight persons
self-esteem
Summary In this paper we explore the tensions that exist between two health promotion discourses prevalent in school based Health Education. We use one example from a widely used curriculum resource and one classroom episode to explore discourses related to obesity prevention, often described as an obesity epidemic by media and health professionals alike. Our argument is that these discourses work to produce the 'unhealthy other' that everyone is then in danger of becoming and in the process produce moral judgements and reinforce stereotypes about overweight and obese people. In so doing they run counter to health education and other discourses that seek to promote self-esteem and body acceptance in students no matter what their shape and size.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017697

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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