Overview

This collection of essays examines obesity not as an objective medical or psychological problem, but as a subjective social and cultural phenomenon. The contributors take a cross-cultural perspective, examining both the negative casting of obesity in developed countries and the traditional view of obesity as a positive characteristic in subsistence societies which is threatened by the dominance of Western culture.
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Social Aspects of Obesity

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Overview

This collection of essays examines obesity not as an objective medical or psychological problem, but as a subjective social and cultural phenomenon. The contributors take a cross-cultural perspective, examining both the negative casting of obesity in developed countries and the traditional view of obesity as a positive characteristic in subsistence societies which is threatened by the dominance of Western culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134316212
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,337,585
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Series
Preface
Introduction
1 Food and Fatness in Calabria 3
2 Physique of Sumo Wrestlers in Relation to Some Cultural Characteristics of Japan 31
3 Sociocultural Aspects of the Male Fattening Sessions Among the Massa of Northern Cameroon 45
4 Fertility and Fat: The Annang Fattening Room 71
5 Social Fattening Patterns in the Pacific: The Positive Side of Obesity - A Nauru Case Study 87
6 Taste, Food Regimens and Fatness: A Study in Social Stratification 111
7 Vegetarianism and Fatness: An Undervalued Perception of the Body 127
8 Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Human Obesity 147
9 Obesity and Physical Fitness: An Age-Dependent Functional and Social Handicap 163
10 Obesity and Overweight in Polish Men and Women: Social Determinants 177
11 Educational Attainment, Stress Hormones, Body Fat and Health: A Sociocultural Neuroendocrine Pathway? 187
12 Changing Food Consumption and Body Images Among Malays 213
13 Polynesian Responses to Modernization: Overweight and Obesity in the South Pacific 227
14 Activity Level and Obesity Among Samoans 253
15 Obesity and Fatness as Seen by the Azande in Central Africa 267
16 Evaluation of Fatness in Traditional Japanese Society 281
Social Aspects of Obesity: A Critique 291
Social Aspects of Obesity: Conclusion 301
Index 305
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