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Fat history : bodies and beauty in the modern West

Author: Peter N Stearns
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1997.
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The modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture, as evidenced by the compulsion to stay thin, or at least to profess a desire to become thin. Dieting, weight consciousness, and widespread hostility to obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life in countries like the United States and France. Interestingly, while the French are renowned for their delight in all things
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Stearns, Peter N.
Fat history.
New York : New York University Press, ©1997
(DLC) 96045878
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter N Stearns
ISBN: 9780814771020 0814771025
OCLC Number: 794702309
Notes: OldControl:muse9780814739822.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 294 pages :) : illustrations
Contents: The turning point --
The medical path : physicians and faddists --
Fat as a turn-of-the-century target : why? --
The misogynist phase : 1920s-1960s --
Stepping up the pace : old motives, new methods --
Fat city : American weight gains in the twentieth century --
The evolution of weight control in France --
The French regime --
Atlantic crisscross : the Franco-American contrasts --
Conclusion : the fat's in the fire.
Responsibility: Peter N. Stearns.
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