Engagement in practice: obesity science and health translation in Guatemala.

As reported deaths from heart attacks, strokes and diabetes in Guatemala increase, public health interventions aim to teach people about healthy eating, exercise and weight loss. Between 2008 and 2009, I studied several of these interventions to learn how data about obesity was interpreted by scientists and how scientific findings about weight circulated within people’s lives. Central to my research was the question of how Guatemalans, who traditionally associated fatness with health and prosperity, were making sense of public health education that linked their weight to potentially dangerous metabolic conditions.

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