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Type: Journal article
Title: Fat as productive: Enactments of fat in an Australian suburb
Author: Zivkovic, T.
Warin, M.
Moore, V.
Ward, P.
Jones, M.
Citation: Medical Anthropology: cross-cultural studies in health and illness, 2018; 37(5):373-386
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 0145-9740
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Tanya Zivkovic, Megan Warin, Vivienne Moore, Paul Ward and Michelle Jones
Abstract: By foregrounding positive and productive capacities of fat, we explore experiences of expanding, maintaining, or diminishing body sizes to accommodate the different meanings and enactments of fat. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in a South Australian community that has experienced significant socioeconomic disadvantage, we detail how the “problem” of fat in public health discourse is countered in the lived experience of people targeted for obesity intervention. In so doing, we attend to the multiple meanings and practices of fat that differ to the focus within public health interventions on the negative health consequences of overweight and obesity.
Keywords: Class; disadvantage; fat; multiplicity; protection; survival
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2018.1423563
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