Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America’s Obesity Epidemic

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Oxford University Press #ad - They mislabel more than sixty million Americans as "overweight, " inflate the health risks of being fat, and promote the idea that obesity is a killer disease. Eric oliver shows how a handful of doctors, and health researchers, with financial backing from the drug and weight-loss industries, government bureaucrats, have campaigned to create standards that mislead the public.

But how valid are these claims? In Fat Politics, J. Misinformation pushes millions of Americans towards dangerous surgeries, crash diets, while we ignore other, and harmful diet drugs, more real health problems. It seems almost daily we read newspaper articles and watch news reports exposing the growing epidemic of obesity in America.

Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America's Obesity Epidemic #ad - It is essential reading for anyone with a stake in the nation's--or their own--good health. Our concern with obesity, bureaucratic politics, he writes, is fueled more by social prejudice, and industry profit than by scientific fact. In reviewing the scientific evidence, Oliver shows there is little proof that obesity causes so much disease and death or that losing weight is what makes people healthier.

Oliver goes on to examine why it is that Americans despise fatness and explores why, despite this revulsion, we continue to gain weight. Our government tells us we are experiencing a major health crisis, with sixty percent of Americans classified as overweight, and one in four as obese. Fat politics will topple your most basic assumptions about obesity and health.

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Medicine and Culture

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Holt Paperbacks #ad - A classic comparative study of medicine and national culture, Medicine and Culture shows us that while doctors regard themselves as servants of science, they are often prisoners of custom.

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Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

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Picador #ad - In 1978 susan sontag wrote illness as Metaphor, a classic work described by Newsweek as "one of the most liberating books of its time. A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book, especially cancer, Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, add greatly to the suffering of patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment.

By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is--just a disease. Almost a decade later, sontag wrote a sequel to illness as Metaphor, with the outbreak of a new, stigmatized disease replete with mystifications and punitive metaphors, extending the argument of the earlier book to the AIDS pandemic.

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors #ad - These two essays now published together, have been translated into many languages and continue to have an enormous influence on the thinking of medical professionals and, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors, above all, on the lives of many thousands of patients and caregivers. Picador USA. Cancer, not a punishment, she argues, certainly not an embarrassment and, it is highly curable, is not a curse, if good treatment is followed.

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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures FSG Classics by Anne Fadiman 2012-04-24

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Fearing the Black Body

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NYU Press #ad - Indeed, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, it was not until the early twentieth century, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. This is only the most recent incarnation of the fear of fat black women, which Sabrina Strings shows took root more than two hundred years ago.

Strings weaves together an eye-opening historical narrative ranging from the renaissance to the current moment, newspaper and magazine articles, and scientific literature and medical journals―where fat bodies were once praised―showing that fat phobia, as it relates to black women, did not originate with medical findings, analyzing important works of art, but with the Enlightenment era belief that fatness was evidence of “savagery” and racial inferiority.

Fearing the Black Body #ad - Picador USA. Farrar Straus Giroux. The author argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. How the female body has been racialized for over two hundred years There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor black women are particularly stigmatized as “diseased” and a burden on the public health care system.

An important and original work, class, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn’t about health at all, and gender prejudice.

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The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health

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Gotham #ad - Used book in Good Condition. A provocative exposé of america's self-defeating war on obesity challenges conventional wisdom regarding the cultural, arguing against the myth that falsely equates thinness with health and explaining why dieting is bad for the health, how the media misinform the public, medical, and political meaning of weight, and the link between racial and body-based prejudice.

. Farrar Straus Giroux. Picador USA. 35, 000 first printing.

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Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

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NYU Press #ad - Picador USA. Her work sheds particular light on feminisms’ fraught relationship to fatness. Used book in Good Condition. For 19th and early 20th century thinkers, of an uncivilized, barbaric, fatness was a key marker of inferiority, and primitive body. This book is significant for anyone concerned about the contemporary “war on fat” and the ways that notions of the “civilized body” continue to legitimate discrimination and cultural oppression.

From the white suffragists of the early 20th century to contemporary public figures like Oprah Winfrey, race, and even the Obama family, Monica Lewinsky, Farrell explores the ways that those who seek to shed stigmatized identities—whether of gender, ethnicity or class—often take part in weight reduction schemes and fat mockery in order to validate themselves as “civilized.

Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture #ad - In sharp contrast to these narratives of fat shame are the ideas of contemporary fat activists, whose articulation of a new vision of the body Farrell explores in depth. One of choice's significant university press titles for Undergraduates, 2010-2011To be fat hasn’t always occasioned the level of hysteria that this condition receives today and indeed was once considered an admirable trait.

This idea—that fatness is a sign of a primitive person—endures today, fueling both our $60 billion “war on fat” and our cultural distress over the “obesity epidemic. Farrell draws on a wide array of sources, and physicians’ manuals, postcards, including political cartoons, popular literature, advertisements, to explore the link between our historic denigration of fatness and our contemporary concern over obesity.

Used book in Good Condition. Tracing the cultural denigration of fatness to the mid 19th century, Amy Farrell argues that the stigma associated with a fat body preceded any health concerns about a large body size.

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Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight

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BenBella Books #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Linda Bacon and Dr. Farrar Straus Giroux. Mainstream health science has let you down. Weight loss is not the key to health, diet and exercise are not effective weight-loss strategies and fatness is not a death sentence. You’ve heard it before: there’s a global health crisis, unless we make some changes, and, we’re in trouble.

Used book in Good Condition. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma placed on certain bodies and the impact of living with inequality—not the numbers on a scale. That much is true—but the epidemic is NOT obesity. Lucy aphramor’s body respect debunks common myths about weight, including the misconceptions that BMI can accurately measure health, that fatness necessarily leads to disease, and that dieting will improve health.

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight #ad - It’s time for a cease-fire in the war against obesity. Dr. They also help make sense of how poverty and oppression—such as racism, and classism—affect life opportunity, self-worth, homophobia, and even influence metabolism. Body insecurity is rampant, and it doesn’t have to be. Picador USA. Popular methods for weight loss don’t get us there and lead many people to feel like failures when they can’t match unattainable body standards.

It’s time to overcome our culture’s shame and distress about weight, to get real about inequalities and health, and to show every body respect.

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Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

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HammerOn Press #ad - Her book is a personal account of the fat activist movement. Fat activists need more researchers and writers examining and reflecting on our work from within, and this book stands as an offering and opening in that vein. Naima lowe / artist and member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College 'In public discourse the voices of people who would be identified as obese are rarely heard.

Anyone interested in the epistemology, and methodology, ontology, not to mention history of fat activism should make this a central text of their library. She critiques ideas about body positivity and a “monolithic ideal of trite self love”, and calls out careerist researchers for “reproducing fat people as fascinating but passive specimens.

Cooper guides the reader into a fertile place of growth a million miles from timebombs and epidemics, and gives a human face to a large segment of the population who are too often dehumanised. Tanya glyde, review of Fat Activism in The Lancet Picador USA. Fat activism is often portrayed as ineffective when in fact its lack of conformity and interdisciplinarity can serve as a model for other social movements.

Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement #ad - Esther rothblum / editor / fat studies: an interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society 'For any civil rights movement to succeed, it must know its history; to build on its strengths and learn from its mistakes. With the ubiquity of the Internet, the historical knowledge and record of activism can be rewritten with 140 characters.

Charlotte cooper’s book resists this myopic view of resistance to fat oppression in form and content. Used book in Good Condition.

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The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

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Simon & Schuster #ad - A new york times bestseller named one of the economist’s books of the year 2014 named one of the wall street journal’s top ten best nonfiction books of 2014 kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Books of 2014 Forbes’s Most Memorable Healthcare Book of 2014 Named a Best Food Book of 2014 by Mother Jones Named one of Library Journal's Best Books of 2014 In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: that everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong.

With eye-opening scientific rigor, not less, the Big Fat Surprise upends the conventional wisdom about all fats with the groundbreaking claim that more, dietary fat—including saturated fat—is what leads to better health and wellness. This startling history demonstrates how nutrition science has gotten it so wrong: how overzealous researchers, and premature institutional consensus, through a combination of ego, bias, have allowed dangerous misrepresentations to become dietary dogma.

The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet #ad - Science shows that we have been needlessly avoiding meat, cheese, whole milk, and eggs for decades and that we can now, guilt-free, welcome these delicious foods back into our lives. Used book in Good Condition. She documents how the low-fat nutrition advice of the past sixty years has amounted to a vast uncontrolled experiment on the entire population, with disastrous consequences for our health.

For decades, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat, and that if we are not getting healthier or thinner it must be because we are not trying hard enough. Farrar Straus Giroux.

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Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight

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BenBella Books #ad - Farrar Straus Giroux. Picador USA. Health at every Size has been scientifically proven to boost health and self-esteem. Used book in Good Condition. Tune in to your body’s expert guidance. Find the joy in movement. The program was evaluated in a government-funded academic study, its data published in well-respected scientific journals.

Used book in Good Condition. You too can feel great in your body right now—and Health at Every Size will show you how. Dieting is the problem. Fat isn’t the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. The big fat surprise why Butter Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.

Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight #ad - Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you to feel good. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem. The solution? Health at Every Size. Updated with the latest scientific research and even more powerful messages, and after reading it, Health at Every Size is not a diet book, you will be convinced the best way to win the war against fat is to give up the fight.

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