The Fat Studies Reader

By Esther Rothblum; Sondra Solovay | Go to book overview

Part VI
Starting the Revolution

Welcome to Part VI of The Fat Studies Reader

Starting the Revolution

There is a vast distance to go before achieving weight-based equality. These essays catalog the significant barriers to social change, but they also tap into a diverse and powerful grassroots movement that desires change. In these concluding chapters the focus is on where fat studies scholars and activists go from here.

After reading these chapters consider the following discussion questions:

What are the next questions that fat studies scholars should address?

Is fat prejudice a uniquely U.S. issue? Is fat studies a specifically U.S. field of in-
quiry? Why or why not?

Is the United States a unique source of mainstream attitudes about fatness, or have
such attitudes arisen internationally?

In what ways do international cultural differences manifest in fat studies?

How does the U.S. government-sponsored and named “War on Obesity” affect fat
adults in the United States and beyond? How does it affect children?

Given the World Health Organization's and the U.S. government's involvement in
the “War on Obesity,” what is their responsibility to that war's casualties?

What role does stigmatization play in fat discrimination?

When the government partners with weight-loss companies, can it be acting in
the best interest of people of all sizes?

What are the kinds of resistance that an individual might encounter in starting to
confront mainstream attitudes about fat, and how can an individual begin to
overcome that resistance?

What are the barriers to fat organizing? Should they be overcome? If so, how can
that be accomplished?

Is there one correct way to “throw weight around”? What options do individuals
and groups have?

What is the difference between organizing by fat people as opposed to organizing
for fat people?

How do mainstream attitudes affect people who do not identify as fat and who are
not identified as fat?

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