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What's wrong with fat?

Author: Abigail Cope Saguy
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013. 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : English
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"Abigail Saguy 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, she asks, has the view of 'fat' as a problem-a symptom of immorality, a medical pathology, a public health epidemic-come to dominate more positive framings of weight-as consistent with health, beauty, or a legitimate rights claim-in public  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Abigail Cope Saguy
ISBN: 9780199857173 0199857172
OCLC Number: 1160794257
Description: xii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Problem frames --
Blame frames --
Fashioning frames --
Frames' effects.
Other Titles: What is wrong with fat?
Responsibility: Abigail C. Saguy.

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"Abigail Saguy 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, she asks, has the view of 'fat' as a problem-a symptom of immorality, a medical pathology, a public health epidemic-come to dominate more positive framings of weight-as consistent with health, beauty, or a legitimate rights claim-in public discourse? Why are heavy individuals singled out for blame? And what are the consequences of understanding weight in these ways? What's Wrong with Fat? 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." -- Provided by publisher.

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