Obesity in Canada: Critical Perspectives examines the history and impact of obesity stigma. Professionals and the general public tend to see obesity in medical and biological terms. Extra weight is meant to be managed and eliminated, and being “fat” is taken as a sign of personal or moral failing. The book takes a broader, critical perspective of obesity. The contributors consider the consequences of targeting the obese in different contexts, including social policy, working with children, advertising rhetoric, and online dating. They also take on biomedical statistics suggesting obesity is increasing, and the history of concepts of fat/thin.
Obesity in Canada received an honourable mention for the 2018 “Outstanding Scholarship Prize” from Women’s and Gender Studies/Recherches Féministes.
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