You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Social Work › O'Dare Wilson, Kellie › Shrinking budgets and expanding bodies Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. O’Dare Wilson, K., & Scott, D. L. (2015). Shrinking budgets and expanding bodies: Battling obesity when the economic belt is tight. Journal of Community Practice, 23(3), 477-491. doi:10.1080/10705422.2015.1091419 Shrinking budgets and expanding bodies Details Title Shrinking budgets and expanding bodies: Battling obesity when the economic belt is tight Contributor(s) O'Dare Wilson, Kellie (author)Scott, Diane L. (author) Located In Journal of Community Practice ISSN 1070-5422 Date 2015 DOI 10.1080/10705422.2015.1091419 Abstract Although Americans reduced spending on food during the Great Recession, the prevalence of overweight and obesity continued to increase. This article uses socioeconomic life course models to organize the issues surrounding obesity, striving to illustrate how community, social, and intergenerational factors, compounded over the course of a lifetime, increase risk, particularly among poor, minority, and otherwise under resourced communities. Conceptualizing obesity within life course models informs policy recommendations, practice, and guides future research. Social workers are called to respond with collaborative approaches to create accessible and affordable community food environments where the default option is the healthy, preferred choice.