It's spreading: obesity stigma

Anthropologyworks cannot claim credit for helping an anthropology study rise to the top as a story, since no direct evidence exists to show that our March 29 Tweet played a role.

But it just might have.

The study is based on survey questions posed to people in many cultural contexts around the world. Findings indicate that social preferences for a slim body and negative views of a not-slim body are no longer confined to the U.S./”the West.”

In fact, preferences for a slim body, especially a female slim body, are now prominent in Samoa and Mexico, for example.

It is not often that an article published in the distinguished journal, Current Anthropology, makes it to the front page of the New York Times. And “not often” is probably inaccurate. More like: rarely. Or maybe: never? [Blogger’s note: please send in examples of CA articles that have attracted major media coverage in the past, via our comment button.]

And the story is gaining momentum as you read this post. The obesity stigma study is on a roll, with other mainstream media outlets chiming in. Maybe Alexis Brewer, the lead author who is a professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and author of Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives, will be invited to the Daily Show!

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