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Author Taylor, Nicole, author.

Title Schooled on fat : what teens tell us about gender, body image, and obesity / Nicole Taylor
Published New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016


Description 1 online resource (xviii, 185 pages)
Series Innovative ethnographies
Innovative ethnographies
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- About my study -- "You can't have your fat showing" -- "Guys, she's humongous!" -- "When i run my legs jiggle" -- "It's all going to turn into fat" -- So what? what now? -- Appendix research methods -- References -- Index
Summary Obesity has dominated popular media as one of the most pressing issues of the new millennium. In the US, high rates of obesity, and by extension, fat people are often blamed for rising health-care costs and a weakening of national security. What does it mean to be considered fat during a time when obesity is framed as a threat? When body fat is the enemy, how does the line between "acceptable" and "too fat" get defined moment-to-moment as people make value judgments about each other's bodies in the course of everyday life? Nicole Taylor explores how teens navigated the fraught realities of body image within a high school culture that reinforced widespread beliefs about body size as a matter of personal responsibility while offering limited opportunity to exercise and an abundance of fattening junk foods. Drawing on daily observations, interviews, and focus groups with teens, Schooled on Fat takes the reader into their lives to show how, through everyday language, they managed their body size, social status, and identities as body-conscious individuals. Taylor traces policy efforts to illustrate where we are as a nation in addressing childhood obesity and offers practical strategies schools and parents can utilize to promote teen wellness. -- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-176) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Body size -- Arizona
Body image -- Arizona
Food habits.
Gender identity.
Adolescent Behavior
Body Image -- psychology
Feeding Behavior
Gender Identity
Obesity -- ethnology
sex role.
Gender identity
Food habits
Body image
Body size
United States -- ethnology
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317409366