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Author Boero, Natalie, 1974-

Title Killer fat : media, medicine, and morals in the American "obesity epidemic" / Natalie Boero
Published New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, [2012]
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Contents Introduction -- Obesity as a "leading health indicator": public health, moral entrepreneurs, and a confluence of interests -- All the news that's fat to print: the American "obesity epidemic" and the media -- Normative pathology and unique disease: Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous, and behavioral treatments for the obesity epidemic -- Bypassing blame: bariatric surgery, normative femininity, and the case of biomedical failure -- Conclusion: health at every size or thin at any price?
Summary Killer Fat examines how and why obesity emerged as a major public health concern and national obsession in recent years. Using primary sources and in-depth interviews, Boero enters the world of bariatric surgeries, Weight Watchers, and Overeaters Anonymous to show how common expectations of what bodies are supposed to look like help to determine what sorts of interventions and policies are considered urgent in containing this new kind of disease
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Body image.
Health in mass media.
Obesity -- Social aspects -- United States.
Obesity -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Obesity -- psychology.
Body Image.
United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0813553725 (electronic bk.)
9780813553726 (electronic bk.)