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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.
Table of ContentsPart I: Cultural Fattening Processes
Part II: Physical and Social Aspects
Part III: Social Phenomenon Associated with Obesity
Physique of Sumo Wrestlers in Relation to Some Cultural Characteristics of Japan
Polynesian Responses to Modernization: Overweight and Obesity in the South Pacific
Fertility and Fat: The Annang Fattening Room
Social Fattening Patterns in the Pacific: The Positive Side of ObesityA Nauru Case Study
Taste, Food Regimes and Fatness: A Study in Social Stratification
Vegetarianism and Fatness: An Undervalued Perception of the Body
Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Human Obesity
Obesity and Physical Fitness: An Age-Dependent Functional and Social Handicap
Educational Attainment, Stress Hormones, Body Fat and Health: A Sociocultural Neuroendocrine Pathway
Changing Food Consumption and Body Image Among Malays
Activity Level and Obesity Among Samoans
Evaluation of Fatness in Traditional Japanese Society