Obesity in Canada: Critical Perspectives

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Jenny Ellison, Deborah McPhail, Wendy Mitchinson
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2016 - History - 496 pages

Medical professionals, social policy makers, and the media have all declared that Canada is in the grip of an obesity epidemic. Conceptualizing obesity as a biological condition, these experts insist that it needs to be "prevented" and "managed."

Obesity in Canada takes a broader, critical perspective of our supposed epidemic. Examining obesity in its cultural and historical context, the book's contributors ask how we measure health and wellness, where our attitudes to obesity develop from, and what the consequences are of naming and targeting as "obese" those whose body weights do not match our expectations. A broad survey of the issues surrounding the obesity panic in Canada, it is the first collection of fat studies and critical obesity studies from a distinctly Canadian perspective.

 

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Contents

Obesity in Canada
3
Critical Perspectives on Obesity Science
29
Who Is Responsible for Obesity?
185
Representations of and Responses to Obesity
291
Inconclusions
397
Contributors
441
Index
445
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About the author (2016)

Jenny Ellison is the Curator of Sport and Leisure at the Canadian Museum of History, and co-editor of Obesity in Canada: Critical Perspectives , also published by University of Toronto Press.

Wendy Mitchinson is a Canadian historian and a Distinguished Professor Emerita in University of Waterloo.

Deborah McPhail is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba

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