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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.
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…
Fat discrimination is rife and considered completely acceptable. Shutterstock.

What does fat discrimination look like?

People who are deemed overweight or obese (as the medical terms have it) or fat (as many fat activists prefer to call their body size) suffer discrimination, prejudice and humiliation from several fronts…

Fatty foods slim down brain activity

Fat in food can reduce activity in several areas of the brain that are responsible for processing taste, aroma and reward…
It’s not often that academic conferences get attention from anyone other than academics themselves. Kevin Mullett

Media attention suggests fat may be the new sexy

A usual academic event had a rather unusual impact earlier this month – a conference drew international media attention. Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections took place at Massey University in Wellington…

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