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What's Wrong with Fat?The War on Obesity and its Collateral Damage$
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Abigail Saguy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857081

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857081.001.0001

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(p.3) Chapter 1 Introduction
What's Wrong with Fat?

Abigail C Saguy

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to examine the social implications of understanding fatness as a medical health risk, disease, and public health crisis. To do this, it is necessary to understand where these frames come from, what their internal logic is, and how and why have they come to dominate our understanding of fatness. The chapter provides definitions of the terms used in the book; explains why the way fatness is framed matters; considers the social implications of the argument that obesity is unhealthy; and discusses how body size intersects with class, race, and gender. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   obesity, fatness, frames, social implications, medical health risk, disease, public health crisis, body size

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