The Cold War Obesity Crisis: Fatness, Public Health, and Medical Science in the United States, 1940-1970

In 1951 obesity was declared the top health problem in the USA, attracting more than a decade of intense research and debate on causes and remedies. 

This project is the first to examine the social, medical and health policy response to obesity during this episode. Our research seeks historical lessons for current approaches to today's obesity epidemic.

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council / Discovery Project (DP140101629)


Professor Nicolas Rasmussen

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