Conceptualizing Contradictory Claims in the Contested Field of Fat

Conceptualizing Contradictory Claims in the Contested Field of Fat 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? Sex Roles Springer Journals

Conceptualizing Contradictory Claims in the Contested Field of Fat

Sex Roles , Volume 69 (12) – Sep 22, 2013

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