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Morbid obesity in disasters: bringing the “conspicuously invisible” into focus

Source(s):  Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

This document discusses the lack of disaster preparedness information specifically addressing the needs of the morbid obesity during disasters. While a small number of toolkits and training resources were found, there remains a paucity of research in relation to the unique health and mobility challenges related to obesity and emergency planning or disaster risk reduction.

Research is urgently needed to prioritise and address the specific considerations of people with morbid obesity and how communities plan, prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and public health emergencies. Strategies for our largest members of the population are required and are notably absent from current frameworks intended to support DRR efforts.​

Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(10), 1029.



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  • Morbid obesity in disasters: bringing the “conspicuously invisible” into focus
  • Publication date 2016
  • Author(s) Lesley Gray; Carol MacDonald
  • Number of pages 6 p.

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