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Health (London). 2013 May;17(3):266-83. doi: 10.1177/1363459312447254. Epub 2012 Jul 16.

From fatness to badness: the modern morality of obesity.

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  • 1Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU Dragvoll, 7491 Trondheim, Norway.


Obesity (or being overweight) is now considered a by-product of membership of developed societies. Moreover, it is considered a growing 'global' health problem. This article reports on a small qualitative study of adults who fell into one or other of these categories in Norway in 2010, and who have been faced with decisions about lifestyle versus surgical remedies. This decision making is contextualized and the principal criteria examined. Embodiment, bodywork, self- and social identity, stigma, deviance and issues around the idea of personal responsibility and public health emerge as key themes. The concluding paragraphs commend incorporation of a macro- or social structural perspective to the conceptualization and investigation of obesity.

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