Synopses & Reviews
andquot;Boeroandrsquo;s analysis provides an insightful perspective on the framing of the obesity epidemic. Her book is an engaging and fascinating read, as well as a vital contribution to medical sociology.andquot;
andquot;Boero weighs in powerfully for healthy sanity in the 'war against obesity.' Killer Fat clarifies complex science, punitive clinical care, and the relentless screech of the media with aplomb. Brava!andquot;
andquot;This book is both an enjoyable read and incredibly informative. Written in a style that is both authoritative and accessible, Natalie Boero'sand#160;Killer Fatand#160;is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the so-called 'Obesity Epidemic.'andquot;
andquot;Boero . . . deals with an accusation of the media for the spread and perpetuation of the 'obesity panic,' . . . the role of medical intervention, especially bariatric surgery, for obese individuals, and of government activities in harnessing this 'postmodern epidemic' and in the now open warfare against obesity waged by public health officials. Recommended.andquot;
is a significant contribution to the project of skepticism about the so-called 'obesity' epidemic and a compassionate exploration of the burdens it imposes on individuals' lives.andquot;
andquot;An insightful and thoughtful analysis that contributes to our understanding of fatness in the contemporary United States and of social problem construction more generally. The book will be of interest to sociologists of gender, medical sociologists, and scholars of social problems. It is well written and would be appropriate to assign in undergraduate, as well as graduate, courses.andquot;
Killer Fatexamines how and why obesity emerged as a major public health concern and national obsession in recent years. Using primary sources and in-depth interviews, Boero enters the world of bariatric surgeries, Weight Watchers, and Overeaters Anonymous to show how common expectations of what bodies are supposed to look like help to determine what sorts of interventions and policies are considered urgent in containing this new kinds of disease.
About the Author
NATALIE BOERO is an associate professor of sociology at San Jose State University. She is the author of andldquo;Bypassing Blame: Bariatric Surgery and the Case of Biomedical Failureandrdquo; in Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in U.S. Biomedicine and andldquo;Fat Kids, Working Moms, and the andlsquo;Epidemic of Obesityandrsquo;: Race, Class, and Mother-Blame,andrdquo; in The Fat Studies Reader.