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Political and health messages are differently palatable: A critical discourse analysis of women’s engagement with Health At Every Size and fat acceptance messages

Citation

Cain, P and Donaghue, N, Political and health messages are differently palatable: A critical discourse analysis of women's engagement with Health At Every Size and fat acceptance messages, Fat Studies, 7, (3) pp. 264-277. ISSN 2160-4851 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/21604851.2018.1448174

Abstract

Size acceptance movements challenge dominant weight-based health ideology by highlighting the oppressiveness of weight stigma, and the growing body of evidence supporting the complex nature of the weight-health relationship. The authors examined responses to these movements via a critical discourse analysis of focus group discussions with 21 female participants. Although generally sympathetic to the impact of weight stigma, participants frequently fell back on assumptions of weight as personally controllable and health as a moral obligation. These findings are discussed in terms of the authority and pervasiveness of public health messages and the barriers they present to size acceptance movements.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:politics, health messages, fat acceptance, public health discourse, critical discourse analysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Health policy
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Donaghue, N (Associate Professor Ngaire Donaghue)
ID Code:125636
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-04-26
Last Modified:2018-12-07
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