Shifting stories of size

Critical obesity scholarship as transformative pedagogy for disrupting weight-based oppression in physical education

Authored by: Erin Cameron , Moss Norman , LeAnne Petherick

Routledge Handbook of Physical Education Pedagogies

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138820999
eBook ISBN: 9781315743561
Adobe ISBN: 9781317589518


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Media headlines blare “Obesity Epidemic Becomes Worldwide Phenomenon” (Millner, 2014), reflecting and fueling societal concerns about a supposed global “obesity” epidemic (World Health Organization [WHO], 1998). Pop culture has profited enormously from this obesity panic by emphasizing appearance-standards and weight loss in lifestyle magazines, television shows, reality television programs, and television documentaries. Even respected health professionals have joined the obesity panic discourse, likening it to terrorism – “Unless we do something about it, the magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other terrorist attempt” (Associated Press, 2010, para. 2).

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