Fat Studies in the UK is inspired by the first British UK Fat Studies seminar held in York in May 2008. The seminar helped bring together academics, health practitioners, activists and artists to discuss how contemporary UK culture represents, attempts to control and demonises fat, and to share and generate ways of countering these ideas on many fronts. FSUK contains articles, cartoons, personal reflection and reports of activism that offer a variety of ways to understand and respond to mainstream perspectives on fat, as well as stirring and suggestive calls to action in the classroom and in the gym, on the page and on the streets, in the home and in clothes shops.
Fat Studies in the UK is designed to appeal to a wide audience, including practitioners, fat activists, students and academics in the fields of health and medicine, sociology, and media and cultural studies, and anyone who is concerned with the ideas perpetrated in the current 'obesity epidemic'
by government, health bodies, and mainstream media.
Wow, is this a wonderful book! Necessary, smart, beautiful, healthy,
rebellious, righteous, fierce, and pioneering…just like fat people! In the not-too-distant future, when historians start counting the score and telling the story of the happily concluded war to end weight-based hate in the UK, this book, its contributors, and its inevitable fans, will rank among the early-adopting, fabulous heroes
of all sizes who questioned the allegedly unquestionable bases of an
inaccurate, unnecessary, damaging paradigm.
Marilyn Wann author of FAT!SO?—Because You Don't Have to Apologize
for Your Size!
This excellent collection presents a timely and much needed celebratory reading of the fat body, countering the harmful, partial discourse about fatness which dominates public debate. Both angry and
Dr Bethan Evans Manchester Metropolitan University
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