Fat Blame: How the War on Obesity Victimizes Women and Children

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A four year old Mexican American girl is taken away from her parents because she is obese and experiencing health problems related to her weight. Such a measure, once seen as extreme, quickly comes to be seen as a logical means of addressing a problem viewed as nothing short of child abuse. And yet, for all the purported concern for these children's welfare, little if any mention is ever made of the psychological ramifications of removing children from their families. They are simply the latest victims of the war...

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Fat Blame: How the War on Obesity Victimizes Women and Children

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Overview

A four year old Mexican American girl is taken away from her parents because she is obese and experiencing health problems related to her weight. Such a measure, once seen as extreme, quickly comes to be seen as a logical means of addressing a problem viewed as nothing short of child abuse. And yet, for all the purported concern for these children's welfare, little if any mention is ever made of the psychological ramifications of removing children from their families. They are simply the latest victims of the war on obesity—a war declared on a "disease" but conducted, April Herndon contends in this book, along cultural lines.

Fat Blame is a book about how the war on obesity is, in many ways, shaping up to be a battle against women and children, especially women and children who are marginalized via class and race. While conceding that fatness can be linked to certain conditions, or that some populations might be heavier than others, Herndon is more interested in the ways women and children are blamed for obesity and the ways interventions aimed at preventing obesity are problematic in and of themselves. From bariatric surgeries being performed on children to women being positioned as responsible for carrying to term a generation of thin children, her book looks closely at the stories of real people whose lives are drastically altered by interventions that are supposedly for their own good.

As with so many practices surrounding bodies and health, like dieting, people are often simultaneously blamed and empowered through policies and interventions, especially those that seem to offer them choices. What Herndon reveals is how such choices only offer the illusion of being empowering. Rather, she shows how woman and children are pushed, pulled, and sometimes victimized by interventions such as bariatric surgeries, limits on reproductive technologies, and having their families broken up by the courts. Only by identifying members of this group as victims of discrimination, she argues, can we hope to return them to a fuller and richer kind of agency.

In declaring a war on obesity, the United States has said that fat is one of the most serious enemies it faces. Fat Blame asks us to confront the real enemy—the moral, political, and ideological significance of our every move in this "war."

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"A refreshing contribution to scholarship about the constructions of body image and their social ramifications. Despite the disheartening portrait it paints of how human beings have come to treat each other, the reading is easy and compelling. . . .Fat Blame is an excellent choice for many purposes, from leisure reading to using in any level of university study."—H-Net Reviews

"A transformative work. Fat Blame stands in sharp contrast to most books on the obesity epidemic that typically describe multifactorial causes (the media, ubiquitous and calorie-dense foods, and geographic and socioeconomic impediments to exercise), attendant health risks, and financial costs. This fully referenced work is a scholarly review of weight prejudice, which is often used—consciously or unconsciously—to discriminate against specific gender, racial, and socioeconomic groups. Highly recommended."—Choice

"There is so much rich data, analysis, and critique of many of the assumptions masquerading as fact in the debates about fat in this text. Herndon puts forth persuasive claims in this book about what motivates the lies, misunderstandings, and prejudice that seek to 'eliminate childhood obesity in a generation.'"—Fat Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700619658
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/31/2014
  • Series: CultureAmerica Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

April Michelle Herndon is associate professor of English at Winona State University in Minnesota. She also teaches Women's and Gender Studies courses. She is also a health writer at Psychologytoday.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Mother of All Wars

1. Children First: Maternal Ideology in the War on Obesity

2. There's No Place Like Home: Fatness and Families in Courts

3. Public and Private Shame: Using Children as Message Boards

4. What If the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease?: How We Treat Children in the Age of Obesity

Conclusion: A Cramped Room

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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