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Thursday
Mar132014

Don't believe the hype: We have no idea why Americans weight has gone up... and now has stopped

As published in USA Today

Originally written for Zocalo Public Square

Saturday
Mar082014

What's Wrong with Fat? is now available on Audible.com!

I was thrilled to learn that What's Wrong with Fat? is now available on Audible.com! You can find a free sample on the Audible.com webpage and you can get the entire audiobook free with a 30 day trial Audible.com membership.

Tuesday
Dec172013

Humiliating Fat People Is Hazardous to Our Health

The War on Obesity Is Counterproductive. Why Not Focus On Better Eating and Living for Everyone?

Why is First Lady Michelle Obama supporting the humiliation of fat people? Ms. Obama, who has made fighting childhood obesity her signature issue, recently appeared for the second time on the television show The Biggest Loser. She was on as part of a campaign launched by the Partnership for a Healthier America to encourage people to drink more water. Encouraging children (and adults) to choose water over soda and other sugary drinks is a good thing. But Obama would have been better off conveying that message without endorsing a program that uses the fear and loathing of fat people to scare Americans into adopting these behavioral changes. The First Lady’s endorsement of this abusive show—and its enduring popularity as its 15th edition marks its mid-season finale—is indicative of all that is wrong about the broader “war on obesity.”

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Wednesday
Oct022013

Interview on "The Society Pages"

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. 

Monday
Jun102013

NPR interview with Abigail C. Saguy on "What's Wrong with Fat?"

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.