Abdul Basit Khan
Affiliations: History of Science and Technology, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Senior Capstone Award, The Owen Hannaway Undergraduate Research Award in History of Science and Technology
It is no secret that the world at large, and the U.S. especially, is in the midst of an obesity crisis. Obesity itself is not a real disease in the classic or strictest sense of the word; it is no cholera, cancer, or AIDS. Then how can we possibly be in the midst of an “epidemic”? I plan to pursue this transition of obesity from a personal problem to a real medical issue as a history of public health in the United States. Legislation passed or left unpassed, and the language used therein, will prove to reveal much about the government’s understanding of obesity.