A more supposedly politically correct term for the academic research field might be “obesity studies.” Or perhaps “horizontally gifted studies.”
But no, it’s simply called “fat studies.” As San Diego State University professor Esther Rothblum explains, this is “a field that looks at how we can prevent discrimination based on body size.”
In this weekend’s Q&A, Rothblum talks about the growing interest in research about obesity from a variety of perspectives, including law, history, popular culture and sexuality.
She warns that plenty of companies have a vested interest in obsession about obesity and won’t be happy if people stop worrying about their weight.
In other news:
- With its superintendent skipping town, the San Diego school board is mulling the idea of opening its search for a new chief to the public. The idea could make parents and teachers feel more like part of the process, but would-be superintendents may not like having the world know they’re job-hunting.
Meanwhile, the school district’s fill-in superintendent is no stranger to that job. He served as acting chief when the district last had a vacancy in its head office, way back in 2008.
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