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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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FERREIRA, Vanessa Alves  and  MAGALHAES, Rosana. Obesity among the poor in Brazil: female vulnerability. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.4, pp.2279-2287. ISSN 1678-4561.

The increase in obesity among women in the lower income bracket in Brazil has been singled out as a priority issue in the field of Public Health today. Concern about future repercussions of obesity in the less privileged groups calls for an in-depth theoretical approach and the energetic definition of public policy for prevention and control of the affliction in these segments. In this respect, the scope of this work is to attempt to pinpoint some analytical categories in the phenomenon of obesity among the underprivileged female population in Brazil. Biological, socioeconomic and cultural factors appear to interact in the dynamics of female obesity in the context of poverty revealing the complexity of this problem. Public policies of job creation, social inclusion and gender equality in the labor market would appear to be more promising ways of tackling obesity in underprivileged females in Brazil.

Keywords : Obesity; Poverty; Women; Public policies.

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