A double major in modern dance and…fat studies? Emerging academic fields
Fat liberation, fat politics, fat science—it’s a new and, yes, growing area of academia. As more Americans join the ranks of the obese, scholars are reevaluating fat as a health issue, and as a social and cultural one. The new field aims to take a critical lens to fat stereotypes, question media messages about weight and body image and call on its students to do the same. Is Fat Studies the Gender Studies of the next decade? Are they taking “fat” back? Patt gets some answers.
Esther D. Rothblum, professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and co-editor of “The Fat Studies Reader”
Lisa Tealer, director of programs for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA); and a contributing author to “The Fat Studies Reader”