Location

HPC2 150

Panel

Health, Bodies and Identity

Abstract

Is our concern over the ‘obesity epidemic’ simply a moral cudgel with which to denigrate those whose bodies do not conform to the social ideal? Through juxtaposing a public health campaign with a Fat Positive blog, this paper explores visual representations of the fat body in both and how these sites for looking are in dialogue with one another. In doing so, this paper seeks to deconstruct the boundary between public health and on the ground activism and challenge public narratives around health, bodies and identity.

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[Pn. 5] Fat Looking: Exploring the Dialogue Between Visual Representations

HPC2 150

Is our concern over the ‘obesity epidemic’ simply a moral cudgel with which to denigrate those whose bodies do not conform to the social ideal? Through juxtaposing a public health campaign with a Fat Positive blog, this paper explores visual representations of the fat body in both and how these sites for looking are in dialogue with one another. In doing so, this paper seeks to deconstruct the boundary between public health and on the ground activism and challenge public narratives around health, bodies and identity.