Talking Fat: Health vs. Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies available in Paperback
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- Pearlsong Press
Fat is bad, right? For the last decade we have been so inundated with negative messages about fat that it is revolutionary to think otherwise. This rhetoric has increased prejudice and decreased health in the very people targeted for "help" while increasing profits for those perpetuating it. Considering empirical studies and statistics as well as the actual experience of fat people, Dr. McMichael asserts that the "war on obesity" is about many things, but it is not about health. She calls for a change in policy and perspective on fat in American society. "McMichael provides a thorough and compelling expose of the prejudice that underlies obesity rhetoric and a compassionate, tenable solution," says Linda Bacon, Ph.D., author of Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. "This book may make you angry, but it will also give you hope."
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As a full-figured woman who constantly struggles with her weight and with societal beliefs about weight, about being fat, I was intrigued to read Dr. Lonie McMichael's Talking Fat: Health vs Persuasion in the War on Our Bodies. There is a prejudice against fat that runs rampant throughout the country. McMichael states early in her book that this prejudice is "based on two faulty premises: that fat people are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little, and that fat in and of itself is unhealthy." From here, McMichael argues that the war with fat people in America is not about health. What is it about? To name a few, prejudice, money, and scapegoats. This book is personal, it's critical, and it's expansive. It's about a scholar adept in rhetoric and communication looking from the outside in to understand how America talks about fat, how people are persuaded to think about fat and related terms, and what consequences arise when people believe the rhetoric and do not question it and its purposes. Personally, reading this book was liberating. It helped to unshackle rigid thoughts and beliefs I held and gave me a new vocabulary to discuss this topic. This is definitely the type of book we need to be reading so that we can have some real, authentic conversations about fat acceptance and weight issues in America.