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Fat History
Author: Peter N. Stearns

ISBN: 9780814780695
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 16 April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.8 x 2.6
A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in HistoryStearns looks to explain why America is the fattest, and France the thinnest, nation in the West. In his view, 'dieting was ideally suited to an American need for an implicit but vigorous moral counterweight to consumer indulgence.' At the turn of the century, obesity was suddenly regarded as unhealthy and unpatriotic. Good American citizens should be fit, and a generation of fad diet experts sprung up to guide.--Elaine Showalter,Times Literary SupplementOffers new, reliable information and insights.--The NationExplores the interaction of weight-control cultures with gender, class, and ethnicity issues. A meaty study of historical facts and fears about fat.--BooklistThe modern struggle against fat cuts deeply and pervasively into American culture, as evidenced by the compulsion to stay thin, or at least to profess a desire to become thin. Dieting, weight consciousness and widespread hostility to obesity form one of the fundamental themes of modern life in countries around the world. Yet, for example, while the French are renowned for their delight in all things gustatory, they are significantly trimmer and less diet-obsesse...

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