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Author Kwan, Samantha, author.

Title Framing fat : competing constructions in contemporary culture / Samantha Kwan and Jennifer Graves.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2013]

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Description 1 online resource (ix, 183 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A contested field -- Fat as frightful -- Fat as fatal -- Fat and food politics -- Fat and fair treatment -- Framing fat bodies.
Summary "According to public health officials, obesity poses significant health risks and has become a modern-day epidemic. A closer look at this so-called epidemic, however, suggests that there are multiple perspectives on the fat body, not all of which view obesity as a health hazard. Alongside public health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advertisers of the fashion-beauty complex, food industry advocates at the Center for Consumer Freedom, and activists at the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance. Framing Fat takes a bird's-eye view of how these multiple actors construct the fat body by identifying the messages these groups put forth, particularly where issues of beauty, health, choice and responsibility, and social justice are concerned. Samantha Kwan and Jennifer Graves examine how laypersons respond to these conflicting messages and illustrate the gendered, raced, and classed implications within them. In doing so, they shed light on how dominant ideas about body fat have led to the moral indictment of body nonconformists, essentially 'framing' them for their fat bodies."--Publisher's website.
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Subject Obesity -- Social aspects -- United States -- History.
Food habits -- United States -- History.
Body image -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Graves, Jennifer, 1983- author.
Other Form: Print version: Kwan, Samantha. Framing fat. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2013] 9780813560922 (DLC) 2012033362 (OCoLC)812791686
ISBN 0813560934 (electronic bk.)
9780813560939 (electronic bk.)
9780813560915 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780813560922 (hardcover ; alk. paper)