In this episode, Dr. Abigail C. Saguy joins us to talk about her excellent new book What’s Wrong with Fat? Abigail is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Chair of the ASA Section on the Sociology of the Body and Embodiment. We discuss the difficulty of talking about fatness, the way being fat is framed as a problem, the potential for removing the stigma, and what can be learned from coverage of Chris Christie’s lap band surgery.
Is there really an “epidemic” of obesity in America? What are the social consequences of addressing people’s weight as a health crisis? What do issues of body size and inequality have to do with class, race and gender? Tonight we speak with DR. ABIGAIL C. SAGUY, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at UCLA. Her new controversial book WHAT’S WRONG WITH FAT? will change the way you think about weight and obesity.
In this blog post, I team up with UCLA cardiologist Tamara Horwich to explain why doctors should stop telling their patients to lose weight but just can't bring themselves to do so.