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PowePoint slides from a webinar delivered to the Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Sydney, 5 December 2012 by Deborah Lupton.

PowePoint slides from a webinar delivered to the Australia New Zealand Academy of Eating Disorders, Sydney, 5 December 2012 by Deborah Lupton.

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  • 1. WHY ARE FAT BODIES SO STIGMATISED? Deborah Lupton, Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
  • 2. MY BOOK ‘FAT’ (2012, ROUTLEDGE, LONDON)
  • 3. MY BOOK ‘FOOD, THE BODY AND THE SELF’ (1996, SAGE, LONDON)
  • 4. FAT PEOPLE: SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS more likely to live in poverty earn less income be unemployed have lower education levels be employed in lower status occupations experience lower living standards
  • 5. DISCRIMINATION IN SOCIAL SETTINGS Fat children are more likely to experience bullying, ostracism and teasing at school Fat people often avoid visiting their doctor because of concern about negative judgements Fat people receive less respect from shop assistants and health care providers Fat people are subject to humiliating comments from friends, family members and strangers
  • 6. FAT STIGMAIn contemporary western societies, fatness is associated with: laziness greed lack of self-discipline and self-control ‘letting yourself go’ not caring about physical appearance or health shame Inevitable disease and early death
  • 7. NEGATIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF FAT PEOPLE ARE EVERYWHERE The news media (the ‘obesity epidemic’) Public health campaigns Reality television Television drama and comedy Ads for weight-loss products or unrelated products Weight-loss blogs and websites School-based health education programs
  • 8. EXTREMES OF EMBODIMENT
  • 9. THE ARCHET YPAL FAT BODY WITH HEAD CROPPED OFF
  • 10. THE FAT BODY AS GROTESQUE
  • 11. FEELING LIKE AN OUTSIDER BECAUSE OF ONE’S FAT BODY
  • 12. THE FAT BODY AS TOXIC
  • 13. THE PUBLIC HUMILIATION OF FAT PEOPLE
  • 14. FAT FLESH AS EXCESSIVE
  • 15. FAT PEOPLE AS EMOTIONAL, EATING FOR GREED OR COMFORT
  • 16. THE BIGGEST LOSER: FAT PEOPLE AS ‘LOSERS’, FREAKS ON DISPLAY
  • 17. FAT MAN AS FREAK IN SIDE-SHOW
  • 18. CULTURAL CONCEPTS GIVING MEANING TO FATNESS Judeo-Christian ideals: body size as demonstrating spirituality and piousness The flesh as weak: the need to overcome temptation and master the body Valorising self-control over one’s body and one’s physical urges The conflation of health with beauty and with goodness: the food/health/beauty triplex
  • 19. THE CONFLATION OF FATNESS WITH DISEASE The label of ‘obesity’ represents fatness as equivalent to disease and pathology Negative moral meanings of disease and illness Disease is stigmatised: lack of control over the body, link with death, imperfection
  • 20. FATNESS AND FEMININIT Y Fatness is linked to emotionality, lack of self -control, fleshiness, irrationality All of which are often represented as more typically ‘feminine’ than ‘masculine’ qualities Fat activism a predominantly female -dominated movement Fat men as experiencing ‘spoilt masculinity’
  • 21. FAT ACTIVISM: FIGHTING AGAINST NEGATIVE REPRESENTATIONS
  • 22. THE ADIPOSITIVIT Y PROJECT
  • 23. FAT PEOPLE AS ACTIVE AND FIT
  • 24. THE EROTIC FAT BODY
  • 25. BETH DITTO
  • 26. HEALTH AT EVERY SIZE
  • 27. CONTACT DETAILSEmail: deborah.lupton@gmail.comTwitter: @DALuptonBlog: http://simplysociology.wordpress.comPinterest board ‘Fat Culture’: http://pinterest.com/dalupton/fat- culture