Sex Roles (2013) 69:661–663 DOI 10.1007/s11199-013-0323-y BOOK REVIEW Conceptualizing Contradictory Claims in the Contested Field of Fat Framing Fat: Competing Constructions in Contemporary Culture. By Samantha Kwan and Jennifer Graves, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2013. 183 pp. $25.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-0-8135-6091-5. Paula M. Brochu Published online: 22 September 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013 August 19, 2013: A Forbes (Haiken 2013) headline reads, “1 AContested Field in 5 deaths linked to being overweight or obese: Does this mean you?” The article reports on a study published in the Fat is a contested field, as is made clear by these recent American Journal of Public Health (Masters et al. 2013)that research findings. There are numerous examples of contradic- examined death records and associated national health surveys tory claims about fat. By some accounts, fat is deadly; by between 1986 and 2006. The researchers found that 18.2 % of some others, fat is protective; and yet by other accounts, all deaths were associated with carrying excess weight, a perceived fat discrimination is finger pointed as the culprit. statistic that is 3 times higher than previous reports. So, what does it mean to be fat in North American society?
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