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With more than one billion overweight adults in the world today, obesity has become an epidemic. But fat is not as straightforward - or even as universally damned - as one might think. Enlisting thirteen anthropologists and a fat activist, editors and anthropologists Don Kulick and Anne Meneley have produced an unconventional - and unprecedented - examination of fat in various cultural and social contexts. In this anthology, these writers argue that fat is neither a mere physical state nor an inert concept. Instead, it is a construct built by culture and judged in courts of public opinion, courts whose laws vary from society to society.

ISBN: 9781585423866

Published Date: January 1, 2005

Publisher: Tarcher

Language: English

Page Count: 246

Size: 8.19" l x 5.15" w x 0.81" h