Dr. Jonathan Engel, Public Health Historian

Dr. Jonathan Engel, Public Health Historian

  • He holds a full-time faculty post at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Jonathan Engel conducts research on the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy.

 

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Overview

The social stigma of obesity is broadly defined as bias or discriminatory behaviors targeted at overweight and obese individuals because of their weight. Such social stigmas can span one’s entire life, as long as excess weight is present, starting from a young age and lasting into adulthood. Today we have Dr. Jonathan Engel who talks to us about this subject in detail.

[00:27] About Dr. Jonathan Engel

  • He holds a full-time faculty post at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Jonathan Engel conducts research on the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy.
  • He is a prolific author who has written a slew of books.

[01:24] Why did you write Fat Nation: Obesity in America Since 1945 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018)

  • In healthcare, we often focus on infectious diseases.
  • But in wealthy countries, the real issue these days is a chronic disease.
  • When I began to look at that obesity came up again and again.
  • Obesity is a co-risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, joint issues, depression, etc.

[10:05] Why is America a Fat Nation?

  • We tend to have very highly processed foods, so obesity is correlated with processed foods.
  • Our whole lifestyle was always less pedestrian and less active.

[25:33] Why is it that we don’t see Dunkin’ Donuts or sugary treats as addiction?

  • I believe in government regulation.
  • If we have substances in our environment that are potentially dangerous and are addictive then we either outlaw them entirely like heroin or regulate them like alcohol.

RESOURCES:

You can connect with Dr. Jonathan Engel- LinkedIn

Author Page- https://www.amazon.com/Jonathan-Engel/e/B001IU0TM0?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1649948529&sr=1-1

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  • He holds a full-time faculty post at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
  • Jonathan Engel conducts research on the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy.

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