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What's Wrong with Fat? – The War on Obesity and its Collateral Damage - Oxford Scholarship Online
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What's Wrong with Fat?: The War on Obesity and its Collateral Damage

Abigail Saguy


The United States, we are told, is facing an obesity epidemic—a “battle of the bulge” of not just national, but global proportions—that requires drastic and immediate action. Experts in the media, medical science, and government alike are scrambling to find answers. What or who is responsible for this fat crisis, and what can we do to stop it? This book argues that these fraught and frantic debates obscure a more important question: How has fatness come to be understood as a public health crisis at all? Why, it asks, has the view of “fat” as a problem—a symptom of immorality, a medical patholo ... More

Keywords: obesity epidemic, fat, fatness, public health, immorality, weight, health, beauty, body size, health risk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199857081
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail Saguy, author