Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

by Jeffery Sobal (Editor)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202305790
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/31/1999
Series: Social Problems & Social Issues Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.99(d)
Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Donna Maurer is John S. Knight Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing Program, Cornell University. She also serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and is an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland University College.

Jeffery Sobal is professor in the division of nutritional sciences at Cornell University. He is on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and has Cornell University Graduate Field Membership in the areas of nutrition, development sociology, and epidemiology.

Table of Contents

Part IIntroduction
1Body Weight as a Social Problem1
Part IIHistorical Foundations
2Children and Weight Control: Priorities in the United States and France9
3Fat Boys and Goody Girls: Hilde Bruch's Work on Eating Disorders and the American Anxiety about Democracy, 1930-196031
Part IIIMedical Models
4Constitutional Types, Institutional Forms: Reconfiguring Diagnostic and Therapeutic Approaches to Obesity in Early Twentieth-Century Biomedical Investigation53
5Defining Perfect and Not-So-Perfect Bodies: The Rise and Fall of the "Dreyer Method" for the Assessment of Physique and Fitness, 1918-2675
Part IVGendered Dimensions
6Ideal Weight/Ideal Women: Society Constructs the Female97
7Dieting Women: Self-Surveillance and the Body Panopticon117
8Fleshing Out the Discomforts of Femininity: The Parallel Cases of Female Anorexia and Male Compulsive Bodybuilding133
Part VInstitutional Components
9Commodity Knowledge in Consumer Culture: The Role of Nutritional Health Promotion in the Making of the Diet Industry159
10Meanings of Weight among Dietitians and Nutritionists183
Part VICollective Processes
11Too Skinny or Vibrant and Healthy?: Weight Management in the Vegetarian Movement209
12The Size Acceptance Movement and the Social Construction of Body Weight231
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors251

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