What's Wrong With Fat?

What's Wrong With Fat?

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Presents each of the various ways in which fat is understood in America today, examining the implications of understanding fatness as a health risk, disease, and epidemic, and revealing why we've come to understand the issue in these terms, despite considerable scientific uncertainty and debate. Saguy shows how debates over the relationship between body size and health risk take place within a larger, though often invisible, contest over whether we should understand fatness as obesity at all. Moreover, she reveals that public discussions of the "obesity crisis" do more harm than good, leading to bullying, weight-based discrimination, and misdiagnoses.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780199857081
Branch Call Number: 616.398 S129
Characteristics: xii, 259 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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JCLBeckyC Dec 14, 2013

Saguy examines how and why the medical establishment came up with the term "obesity" for fatness, and how the medical framing of fat is not making us healthier. She reveals how public discussions of the "obesity crisis" actually do more harm than good by increasing incidents of medical misdiagnoses, size-based bullying and discrimination.


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