Fighting Fat: Canada, 1920-1980
While the statistics for obesity have been alarming in the 21st century, concern about fatness has a history. In Fighting Fat, Wendy Mitchinson discusses the history of obesity and fatness from 1920 to 1980 in Canada. Through the context of body, medicine, weight measurement, food studies, fat studies, and the identity of those who were fat, Mitchinson examines the attitudes and practices of medical practitioners, nutritionists, educators, and those who see themselves as fat.
Fighting Fat analyzes a number of sources to expose our culture’s obsession with body image. Mitchinson looks at medical journals, both their articles and the advertisements for drugs for obesity, as well as magazine articles and advertisements, including popular "before and after" weight loss stories. Promotional advertisements reveal how the media encourages negative attitudes towards body fat. The book also includes over 30 interviews with Canadians, who defined themselves as fat highlighting the emotional toll caused by the stigmatizing of fatness.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 456 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"As a historian, Wendy Mitchinson is clearly knowledgeable about biological and environmental aspects of weight and weight loss, and places all the sub-topics about weight into historical context. Extremely well written, Fighting Fat focuses on gender, motherhood, and ethnicity, and how the culture of weight loss acts upon these groups."
Esther Rothblum, Department of Women’s Studies, San Diego State University
"Fighting Fat contributes to a growing body of scholarship in the fields of medical history, cultural history, and fat studies, and is one of the first books to cover obesity in Canada."
Elena Levy-Navarro, Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Author InformationWendy Mitchinson is a Canadian historian and a Distinguished Professor Emerita in University of Waterloo.
Table of contents
1. Nutrition Policy: "Dietetic Missionaries"
2. About Obesity
3. Causes of Obesity
4. Treatment: "Stubbornly resistant to treatment"
5. "Dietary drug land" and Surgery
6. Infant, Child, and Teen Obesity
7. Body Image
8. Narratives of Fat Canadians
Notes on Sources
Subjects and Courses