By Deborah Lupton, University of Sydney
Recorded 5 December, 2012
Discussants Susan Paxton & Leah Brennan
To be fat in our society is to experience stigma and discrimination from others. Fat bodies are continually represented as ugly, ill-disciplined and inevitably diseased and sick. Fat people are constantly humiliated and positioned as inferior, whether in news reports on obesity, reality tv shows such as The Biggest Loser, public health campaigns, the doctor’s surgery or public spaces.
Deborah will discuss the social, cultural and historical reasons for the stigmatisation and discrimination faced by fat people.
is a sociologist from the University of Sydney who has recently published work in her book “Fat”. She has published 12 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on the topics of the social and cultural aspects of topics including parenting cultures; childhood; the emotions; food and critical weight studies.
Her current research is focusing on dimensions of maternal, unborn and child embodiment, obesity as a sociocultural phenomenon, m-health and the body, and digital sociology. She is the co-convenor of the Australian Food, Society and Culture Network.