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Social Aspects of Obesity

1st Edition

Edited by Igor and Pollock De Garine

Routledge

352 pages

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This collection of essays examines obesity not as an objective medical or psychological problem, but as a subjective social and cultural phenomenon. The contributors take a cross-cultural perspective, examining both the negative casting of obesity in developed countries and the traditional view of obesity as a positive characteristic in subsistence societies which is threatened by the dominance of Western culture.

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'Usage of the terms obesity and fatness is important, since, taken collectively, the authors present, among other things, a cross-cultural overview of perceptions of obesity, fatness and large body size, desirable body image, health and healthiness, and the impact of modernization on all of these.' - From Stanley J. Ulijaszek's epilogue 'Social Aspects of Obesity: A Critique'

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA000000
HEALTH & FITNESS / General