Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems by Jeffery SobalWeighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems by Jeffery Sobal

Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social Problems

EditorJeffery Sobal

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Many people consider their weight to be a personal problem; when, then, does body weight become a social problem? Until recently, the major public concern was whether enough food was consistently available. As food systems began to provide ample and stable amounts of food, questions about food availability were replaced with concerns about "ideal" weights and appearance. These interests were aggregated into public concerns about defining people as "too fat" and "too thin."

Social constructionist perspectives can contribute to the understanding of weight problems because they focus attention on how these problems are created, maintained, and promoted within various social environments. While there is much objectivist research concerning weight problems, few studies address the socially constructed aspects of fatness and thinness.

This book however draws from and contributes to social constructionist perspectives. The chapters in this volume offer several perspectives that can be used to understand the way society deals with fatness and thinness. The contributors consider historical foundations, medical models, gendered dimensions, institutional components, and collective perspectives. These different perspectives illustrate the multifaceted nature of obesity and eating disorders, providing examples of how a variety of social groups construct weight as a social problem.

About The Author

Donna Maurer is John S. Knight Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing Program, Cornell University. She also serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and is an adjunct professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland University College. Jeffery Sobal is professor in the division of n...
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Title:Weighty Issues: Fatness and Thinness as Social ProblemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:273 pages, 8.96 × 6 × 0.76 inPublished:October 31, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202305805

ISBN - 13:9780202305806

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