When I say that childhood obesity is one of the areas I work on, people often ask me, ‘But what’s a philosopher doing involved in that?’ After all, you might think, we need scientists to discover how widespread the problem is, what its health effects are, and how to prevent or treat it. Then we need parents and schools and politicians to put that knowledge into practice. What could a philosopher have to offer?
The cover of our new book, Childhood Obesity: Ethical and Policy Issues, shows a playful picture by Christopher Boffoli – ‘Red Velvet Cupcake Boys’ from his recent book, Big Appetites. Two children play in the snow – or rather, the frosted icing on top of a cupcake. Why choose a humorous image when the topic’s so serious?