Edward O. Wilson is Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University. In addition to two Pulitzer Prizes (one of which he shares with Bert Hölldobler), Wilson has won many scientific awards, including the National Medal of Science and the Crafoord Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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In Childhood Obesity in America: Biography of an Epidemic, medical historian Laura Dawes helps us to see the cultural dimensions of what’s more commonly considered as a matter of health. By drawing on archival sources, published scientific papers, government reports, court case records, cultural ephemera, and interview material, she presents the changing answers to critical questions about childhood obesity from late 19th century America to our time. When a recent study found a surprising drop in the childhood obesity rate over the past decade, we asked Dawes to situate this welcome development within the history of concern over the size of our children. ----- In 1963, d…