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The Resource Fat-talk nation : the human costs of America's war on fat, Susan Greenhalgh

Fat-talk nation : the human costs of America's war on fat, Susan Greenhalgh

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Fat-talk nation : the human costs of America's war on fat
Title
Fat-talk nation
Title remainder
the human costs of America's war on fat
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Susan Greenhalgh
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Language
eng
Summary
In recent decades, America has been waging a veritable war on fat in which not just public health authorities, but every sector of society is engaged in constant "fat talk" aimed at educating, badgering, and ridiculing heavy people into shedding pounds. We hear a great deal about the dangers of fatness to the nation, but little about the dangers of today's epidemic of fat talk to individuals and society at large. The human trauma caused by the war on fat is disturbing--and it is virtually unknown. How do those who do not fit the "ideal" body type feel being the object of abuse, discrimination, and even revulsion? How do people feel being told they are a burden on the healthcare system for having a BMI outside what is deemed--with little solid scientific evidence--"healthy"? How do young people, already prone to self-doubt about their bodies, withstand the daily assault on their body type and sense of self-worth? In Fat-Talk Nation, Susan Greenhalgh tells the story of today's fight against excess pounds by giving young people, the campaign's main target, an opportunity to speak about experiences that have long lain hidden in silence and shame. Featuring forty-five autobiographical narratives of personal struggles with diet, weight, "bad BMIs," and eating disorders, Fat-Talk Nation shows how the war on fat has produced a generation of young people who are obsessed with their bodies and whose most fundamental sense of self comes from their size. It reveals that regardless of their weight, many people feel miserable about their bodies, and almost no one is able to lose weight and keep it off. Greenhalgh argues that attempts to rescue America from obesity-induced national decline are damaging the bodily and emotional health of young people and disrupting families and intimate relationships. Fatness today is not primarily about health, Greenhalgh asserts; more fundamentally, it is about morality and political inclusion/exclusion or citizenship. To unpack the complexity of fat politics today, Greenhalgh introduces a cluster of terms--biocitizen, biomyth, biopedagogy, bioabuse, biocop, and fat personhood--and shows how they work together to produce such deep investments in the attainment of the thin, fit body. These concepts, which constitute a theory of the workings of our biocitizenship culture, offer powerful tools for understanding how obesity has come to remake who we are as a nation, and how we might work to reverse course for the next generation. -- Publisher description
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Greenhalgh, Susan
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Weight loss
  • Weight loss
  • Overweight
  • Weight Loss
  • Adolescent
  • Body Image
  • Body Mass Index
  • Bullying
  • Young Adult
  • United States
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • MEDICAL
  • HEALTH & FITNESS
  • Weight loss
  • Weight loss
  • United States
  • Ernährung
  • Gesundheitspolitik
  • Kritik
  • Übergewicht
  • USA
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Fat-talk nation : the human costs of America's war on fat, Susan Greenhalgh
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unknown
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the politics and culture of fat in America -- A biocitizenship society to fight fat -- Creating thin, fit bodies: the view from SoCal -- My BMI, my self -- Obese -- Overweight -- Underweight -- Normal -- Uncharted costs and unreachable goals -- Physical and mental health at risk -- Families and relationships unhinged -- Does biocitizenship help the very fat? -- What now? -- Social justice and the end of the war on fat
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ocn918150736
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unknown
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1 online resource (xi, 323 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780801456442
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt20dgq42
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)918150736
Label
Fat-talk nation : the human costs of America's war on fat, Susan Greenhalgh
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the politics and culture of fat in America -- A biocitizenship society to fight fat -- Creating thin, fit bodies: the view from SoCal -- My BMI, my self -- Obese -- Overweight -- Underweight -- Normal -- Uncharted costs and unreachable goals -- Physical and mental health at risk -- Families and relationships unhinged -- Does biocitizenship help the very fat? -- What now? -- Social justice and the end of the war on fat
Control code
ocn918150736
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 323 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801456442
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt20dgq42
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)918150736

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