Fat Bodies, Health and the Media

  • Jayne Raisborough

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Dramatis Personae: Introducing Fat, Health and Mass Media

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Jayne Raisborough
      Pages 25-50
  3. Fat Hits the Small Screen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Jayne Raisborough
      Pages 101-117
    3. Jayne Raisborough
      Pages 119-131
    4. Jayne Raisborough
      Pages 133-156
    5. Jayne Raisborough
      Pages 157-165
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 167-187

About this book


Our televisions bulge with weight-loss shows, as the news warn of the obesity epidemic. Fat is such a villain that larger people are stigmatized and we all are seduced by life-changing claims of a multi-billion pound diet industry. Yet, when we question if our bathroom scales can really tell us about our health, we start to ask just why and how fat holds such fascination.

In this book, Jayne Raisborough explores interpretations of fat bodies from Palaeolithic Europe to Poverty Porn TV to argue that fat’s materiality makes it ripe for stigmatising associations. However, especially in a social context that presents health as a matter of choice, fat also emerges as an ideal redemptive substance to be pummelled and starved into submission. This book presents a ‘fat sensibility’ to demonstrate how fat is helping us all become responsibilised healthy-citizens. It asks just what self are we being asked to diet ourselves into?

Jayne Raisborough is Reader at the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self and co-editor of Risk, Identities and the Everyday. Her current work is an empirical, visual, exploration of women’s negotiations of anti-ageing culture.


Health Sociology Public Health Media Studies Fat Studies Obesity TV

Authors and affiliations

  • Jayne Raisborough
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Applied Social ScienceUniversity of BrightonBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-28886-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-28887-5
  • Buy this book on publisher's site