Slim Chance, Fat Hope: Society's Obsession With Thinness

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Slimming and dieting has become such a fixation among Singaporeans that manufacturers and distributors of weight-reducing products are laughing all the way to the bank. However, the recent spate of controversies surrounding slimming pills is no laughing matter.This book is a collection of articles accessible to anyone who wants to know more about the phenomenon, its consequences and related topics. Its purpose is not to champion the “ideal” of being slim, but rather to provide a platform for meaningful discussion and for educating the general public about a healthier way of living.Written by people from all walks of life, such as doctors, lawyers, academics, counsellors and journalists, the book takes a thoughtful and at times light-hearted look at Singaporeans' “obsession” with their body image, and reflects on other issues it raises.The star attractions of this book are interviews with two of Singapore's best-loved comedians, Moses Lim and Hossan Leong. Let them give you a humorous first-hand account of how they view and come to terms with their own body size and turn it into confidence both on and off the stage.

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A gourmet delight for those who are interested in being slim or being hefty. -- Christopher Tang Dean and Cycle and Carriage Professor Business Administration, NUS Business School National University of Singapore

Highly readable, pleasant, interesting and amusing at times and definitely informative and instructive, highly recommended. -- Clinical Professor (Dr.) Low Cheng Hock, Justice of Peace, President, NHG College, Associate Dean, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Senior Consultant, Department of General Surgery, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

I strongly recommend that this book be added onto the shelves of our national and schools' libraries. -- Assoc. Prof. (Dr.) Yeo Jin Fei, Chief, Senior Consultant, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, National University Hospital, Singapore

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