Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 108, Issue 5–6, pp e630–e632 | Cite as

A response to “A critical analysis of obesity prevention policies and strategies”

  • Jennifer BradyEmail author
  • Natalie Beausoleil
Invited Commentary


This commentary provides a response to the article “A critical analysis of obesity prevention policies and strategies” from a feminist fat studies perspective. We argue that a fundamental disjuncture exists between the authors’ desire to redress fat stigma, and their understanding of “obesity as disease”, which inherently draws on a neoliberal, healthist paradigm of health and body weight that is at the root of fat stigma.

Key words

Body weight obesity discrimination policy 


Notre commentaire répond à l’article «A critical analysis of obesity prevention policies and strategies» selon la perspective des études féministes sur l’adiposité. Nous soutenons qu’il existe une disjonction fondamentale entre le désir des auteurs de remédier à la stigmatisation de l’adiposité et leur notion de «l’obésité en tant que maladie»; cette notion s’inspire intrinsèquement du paradigme néolibéral et «santiste» de la santé et du poids corporel qui est à l’origine de la stigmatisation de l’adiposité.

Mots clés

poids du corps obésité discrimination politique (principe) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Human NutritionMount Saint Vincent UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada

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