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

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

by April Michelle Herndon
     
 

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Looking through the prisms of gender, race, and class, Herndon traces how the gospel of personal responsibility permeates American thinking about fatness and in the process often victimizes women and children.See more details below

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Looking through the prisms of gender, race, and class, Herndon traces how the gospel of personal responsibility permeates American thinking about fatness and in the process often victimizes women and children.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700619658
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
05/31/2014
Series:
CultureAmerica Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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