Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage 'lifestyle drift'?

Carey, Gemma, Malbon, Eleanor, Crammond, Brad, Pescud, Melanie and Baker, Philip 2017, Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage 'lifestyle drift'?, Health promotion international, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 755-761, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav116.

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Title Can the sociology of social problems help us to understand and manage 'lifestyle drift'?
Author(s) Carey, Gemma
Malbon, Eleanor
Crammond, Brad
Pescud, Melanie
Baker, PhilipORCID iD for Baker, Philip
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 32
Issue number 4
Start page 755
End page 761
Total pages 7
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2017-08-01
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) critical perspectives
health promotion discourse
social determinants of health
Summary Lifestyle drift is increasingly seen as a barrier to broad action on the social determinants of health. The term is currently used in the population health literature to describe how broad policy initiatives for tackling inequalities in health that start off with social determinants (upstream) approach drift downstream to largely individual lifestyle factors, as well as the general trend of investing a the individual level. Lifestyle drift occurs despite the on-going efforts of public health advocates, such as anti-obesity campaigners, to draw attention to the social factors which shape health behavior and outcomes. In this article, we explore whether the sociology of social problems can help understand lifestyle drift in the context of obesity. Specifically, we apply Jamrozik and Nocella's residualist conversion model to the problem of obesity in order to explore whether such an approach can provide greater insight into the processes that underpin lifestyle drift and inform our attempts to mitigate it.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dav116
Field of Research 160806 Social Theory
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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