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Health Disparities in German Obesity : Implementing Life Course Perspectives in Health Policy

Peters, Morten (2022) Health Disparities in German Obesity : Implementing Life Course Perspectives in Health Policy.

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Abstract:In this bachelor thesis, life course theory and approaches to health are presented and evaluated regarding their potential benefits to German obesity policy. It is guided by the research question "How can life course approaches to healthcare, and the framework of risk and protective factors laid out in them, be utilized to combat inequalities in health and improve health policy on the issue of obesity in Germany?" Using the methods of literature review and content analysis, both the theoretical concepts crucial to life course approaches and German obesity policy are examined. Comparing theoretical and policy literature, the aim is to find areas where applying life course elements could improve policy. The potential relevance of the thesis thusly lies in its applicability to policies that may improve millions of lives. The theory explains health, its development, and inequalities between people through examining their life courses, including biological and developmental determinants of health and the influence of socioeconomic conditions on people’s health. Based on the theory-backed content analysis, results indicate that there are several ways to improve policy through life course approach implementation, specifically by utilizing neglected policies such as specific taxation on unhealthy foodstuffs and expanding existing policies that take socioeconomic determinants of health into account and improve the living environment of at-risk groups.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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