Dr Garrath Williams is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University. His research interests fall across ethics, political theory and applied ethics.
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    Childhood obesity: what’s philosophy got to do with it?

    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?

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    Picturing childhood obesity: what’s behind the cover?

    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?