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Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West (Hardback)
  • Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West (Hardback)

Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West (Hardback)

Hardback 294 Pages / Published: 01/05/1997
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The modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture. Dieting, weight consciousness, and widespread hostility toward obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life.

Fat History explores the meaning of fat in contemporary Western society and illustrates how progressive changes, such as growth in consumer culture, increasing equality for women, and the refocusing of women's sexual and maternal roles have influenced today's obsession with fat.

Brought up-to-date with a new preface and filled with narrative anecdotes, Fat History explores fat's transformation from a symbol of health and well-being to a sign of moral, psychological, and physical disorder.

Publisher: New York University Press
ISBN: 9780814780695
Number of pages: 294
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 26 mm


"Provides an innovative explanation of the modern preoccupation with dieting that fundamentally revises our understanding of the timing, intensity, and significance of the modern American culture of weight loss."

-Journal of American History

"Offers new, reliable information and insights."

-The Nation

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