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Fat
A Cultural History of Obesity
by Sander l. Gilman

This fascinating new book looks at the interweaving of fact and fiction about obesity, tracing public concern from the mid-nineteenth century to the modern day.

This book looks critically at the source of our anxieties, covering issues such as childhood obesity, the production of food, media coverage of the subject and the emergence of obesity in modern China.

Written as a cultural history, the book is particularly concerned with the cultural meanings that have been attached to obesity over time and to explore the implications of these meanings for wider society. The history of these debates is the history of fat in culture, from nineteenth-century opera to our global dieting obsession.

Fat, A Cultural History of Obesity is a vivid and absorbing cultural guide to one of the most important topics in modern society.

Contents

  1. Epidemic Obesity
  2. Childhood Obesity
  3. The Stigma of Obesity
  4. Obesity as an Ethnic Problem
  5. Regions of Fat
  6. Chinese Obesity

Conclusion: “Globesity” and Its Odd History
Index

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Fat
A Cultural History of Obesity
by Sander l. Gilman

2008 • 237 pages • $63.95 + shipping
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