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This collection of essays examines obesity not as an objective medical or psychological problem, but as a subjective social and cultural phenomenon. The contributors take a cross-cultural perspective, examining both the negative casting of obesity in developed countries and the traditional view of obesity as a positive characteristic in subsistence societies which is threatened by the dominance of Western culture.
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"Usage of the terms obesity and fatness is important, since, taken collectively, the authors present, among other things, a cross-cultural overview of perceptions of obesity, fatness and large body size, desirable body image, health and healthiness, and the impact of modernization on all of these." -from Stanley J. Ulijaszek's epilogue, "Social Aspects of Obesity: A Critique"
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Book Description Routledge, 1995. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Previous owner's name marked out on front endpaper, else fine. No jacket. Seller Inventory # 220000