Edited By Venise T. Berry, Anita Fleming-Rife and Ayo Dayo
Chapter Nine: Big, Black, and Beautiful Women: Health at Every Size Offers a New Paradigm
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Big, Black, and Beautiful Women: Health at Every Size Offers a New Paradigm
Weight discrimination, aka the war on obesity, has been called the “psychic replacement for old fashioned racism” (Campos, 2004, p. 85). This campaign to make fat people thin is instead making the ineffective diet and weight loss industry richer and fat people sicker. Weight discrimination is used as an excuse to persecute and demean those at higher weights, who are disproportionally African American women.
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