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Fat studies is challenging the way that fat human bodies are portrayed and treated. Shutterstock

Explainer: what is fat studies?

What is it like to be a fat person in a fat-shaming world? What are the political and ideological underpinnings of the ‘obesity crisis’? Fat studies is an emerging academic field that asks such questions.
Obesity shouldn’t be about comfort zones. Oklanika

Obesity by any other name would still be fat

What is obesity? Is it a disease, an illness, a risk factor, or a condition? And semantics aside, does this really matter? In 2013, the American Medical Association declared that obesity was “a disease…
Poster girl Beth Ditto. Dan Taylor

Fat activists on the offensive in war on obesity

Obesity is commonly regarded as one of the most significant threats to health in the developed world. It is strongly linked with cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and impaired mobility. Governments…
New findings have emerged on the impact of weight discrimination on weight gain and loss. puuikibeach

Discrimination against fat people increases the likelihood of weight gain

Research published in PLOS ONE this morning has found that people who experience discrimination based on their weight are likely to gain more of it. Similarly, negative attitudes lead people who are obese…

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