more than one billion overweight
adults in the world today, obesity has become an epidemic. But fat is
as straightforward-or even as uni-versally damned-as one might think.
thirteen anthropologists and a fat activist, editors and
Don Kulick and Anne Meneley have produced an unconventional -- and
-- examination of fat in various cultural and social contexts. In this
anthology, these writers argue that fat is neither a mere physical
nor an inert concept. Instead, it is a construct built by culture and
in courts of public opinion, courts whose laws vary from society to
the anthropology of "fat-talk"
among teenage girls in Sweden to the veneration of Spam in Hawaii; from
fear of the fat-sucking pishtaco vampire in the Andes to the
allure of fat porn stars like Supersize Betsy this anthology provides
perspectives on a subject more complex than love handles, and less
understood than a number on a scale. Fat
proves that fat can be beautiful,
evil, pornographic, delicious, shameful, ugly, or magical. It all
on who-and where-you are.
The Anthropology of
edited by Don Kulick
and Anne Meneley