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The Metamorphoses of FatA History of Obesity$
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Georges Vigarello

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159760

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159760.001.0001

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(p.197) Conclusion
The Metamorphoses of Fat

Georges Vigarello

, C. Jon Delogu
Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter presents some final thoughts. It describes the changing stigmatization of the fat person over time, highlighting an important difference that traverses all these stigmatizations—the double standard between the male case where relatively big sizes are tolerated versus the female case where thinness is obligatory. It discusses the role played by differing conceptions of the body’s functioning that condition the vision of the fat person at different times. It concludes that the history of obesity is a history of intimate feelings, from the pain of obesity expressed by Jean-Baptiste Élie de Beaumont in the eighteenth century to the advent of feelings of loss of identity and of intimate relations with a rejected body in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   fat, fat people, stigma, stigmatization, obese, obesity, thinness, body

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