Food Avoidance and Food Aversion- Why is fat wrong? Tuesday April 23rd, 2013
I. Related readings- Massara, Brunberg
II. Food Avoidance and Gender
Food avoidance here is more cultural, look at disordered feelings/relationships with food
Food avoidance is thought of as a problem for white, female Americans.
Reinforced media images, Barbie dolls perpetuate an ideal image.
o This ideal is subject to change: during the Depression, skinny bodies were
associated with poverty and hunger- far from attractive.
Mead is a cultural anthropologist who originally studied Samoan young women.
Question of why we have social norms/moral imperatives about bodies not our own.
There is a mainstream belief that fat people lack control, responsibility, and care for their
health/well-being, and strong moral values. This is similar to the perception of the poor.
o Fat candidates for president, jobs, etc. may be discriminated and attached with
o Fat people are excluded and looked down upon; they are not a protected class like
the disabled or handicapped.
Anorexics are usually driven by low self-esteem