The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the increasing trend of “fat studies,” as scholars start to examine and understand the underlying roots of the country’s war on fat. The Chronicle writes:
The field of fat studies invites scholars to pause, interrupt everyday thinking (or failure to think) about fat, and do something daring and bold. Moving beyond challenging assumptions, they must question the very questions that surround fatness and fat people…Marilyn Wann, a leader of the fat-activism movement, writes, ‘Fat studies is a radical field, in the sens that it goes to the root of weight-related belief systems.’
I think there’s a lot to this. Especially when you think about weight and class, legal issues, notions of health, and the media. And when you think about the economic value to the cultural perception of fat–it supports a multi-billion dollar industry.