Fat activists challenge medical ‘panic’ over obesity

The Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections conference, held at Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand, featured topics including fat pride, obesity panic and weight loss surgery.

The movement, which publishes a journal, Fat Studies An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, describes itself as “a small but emerging interdisciplinary field that challenges existing assumptions about fatness and fat people”.

Conference keynote speaker Dr Samantha Murray, a lecturer in cultural studies at Sydney’s Macquarie University, describes herself as “a feminist

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