Rachel Wagner's Reviews > Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture

Fat Shame by Amy Erdman Farrell
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May 14, 11

Read from May 05 to 14, 2011

I'm obsessed with this book. Its fascinating on so many levels. Its about the history of fat denigration in America- particularly white America. I totally agree that being fat is not just a health issue but it has been coupled with derogatory labels on a person's character- everything from being lazy, stupid, gluttonous, cold, greedy and worse. This goes back hundreds of years and I found that fascinating. I wish everyone could read it!
Its very academic and well researched that some might find it boring but I think it is great!
Farrell also gives the history of dieting and weight loss going back to the 19th century. She particularly talks about the progressives and how the search for racial purity influenced many in the white community that any flaw such as weight needed to be eradicated.
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