I’ve decided to make public a list of resources, mostly on fat acceptance/fat studies, largely taken from my dissertation. This way if I’m discussing something I can simply cite and link back here instead of taking up precious space with full bibliographies (especially on social media). I’ll update it whenever I find something new.
Last updated: 12.20.18
Note: some sources are from publications that are not generally fat-positive (or even neutral). As much as I don’t want to give them additional promotion, citing studies that look at a topic from multiple angles is how you get a well-rounded review of existing literature.
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Afful, Adwoa A. and Rose Ricciardelli. “Shaping the Online Fat Acceptance Movement: Talking About Body Image and Beauty Standards.” Journal of Gender Studies 24, no. 4 (2015): 453–472.
Agala, Rawan Abdulkarim , Sajjad Madan Almusaiad, Abdullah Mohammad Alsufi, Zamil Jamil, Alyamani Aldhiafah, Abdullah Hussain Muzaffar, Saeed Saad Al Ghamdi , Abdulaziz Gazy Alosaimi , Ahmed Ali Al Sheikhi, Amr Waheeb Ergsous , Eyad Saleem J. Alharbi, Yousef Mohammad Howssawi , Abdulaziz Kaki Alsamti, and Rawan Abdulrahim Alaeq. “A Critical Review on Risks versus Benefits of Bariatric Surgery.” The Egyptian Journal of Hospital Medicine 66 (2017): 279-284.
Ahmad, Farah, Pamela L. Hudak, Wendy Levinson, KimBercovitz, and Elisa Hollenberg. “Are Physicians Ready for Patients With Internet-Based Health Information?” Journal of Medical Internet Research 8, no. 3 (2006): 1-12.
Allsop, Bradley. “Social Media and Activism: A Literature Review.” Social Psychological Review 18, no. 2 (2016): 35-40.
Amy, N.K., A. Aalborg, P. Lyons, and L. Keranen. “Barriers to Routine Gynecological Cancer Screening for White and African-American Obese Women.” International Journal of Obesity 30 (2006): 147-155.
Anderson-Minshall, Jacob. “Young Trans Artist Targeted by Neo-Nazis.” The Advocate (blog), July 20, 2017 (5:03 am), https://www.advocate.com/current-issue/2017/7/20/young-trans-artist-targeted-neo-nazis.
Angell, Katelyn and Charlotte Price. “Fat Bodies in Thin Books: Information Bias and Body Image in Academic Libraries.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 1, no. 2 (2012): 153-165.
Averill, Lindsey. “Do Fat-Positive Representations Really Exist in YA? Review of Fat-Positive Characters in Young Adult Literature.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 5, no. 1 (2016): 14-31.
Bacon, Linda. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight. Dallas: BenBella Books, 2010.
Bacon, L. And Lucy Aphramor. “Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift.” Nutrition Journal 10, no. 9 (2011): 1-13.
Balkhi, Amanda Marie, Mike C. Parent, and Mark Mayor. “Impact of Perceived Weight Discrimination on Patient Satisfaction and Physician Trust.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 2, no. 1 (2013): 45-55.
Beamish, Andrew J., Torsten Olbers, Aaron S. Kelly, and Thomas H. Inge. “Cardiovascular effects of bariatric surgery.” Nature Reviews Cardiology 13 (2016): 730-743.
Berg, Miriam Villchur. “Public Policy and Promoting the Health at Every Size Philosophy.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 6, no. 2 (2017): 223-231.
Berryman, Darlene E., Gauri M. Dubale, Diana S. Manchester, and Robin Mittelstaedt. “Dietetics Students Possess Negative Attitudes Toward Obesity Similar to Non Dietetics Students.” Journal of the American Dietetics Association 100, no. 10 (2006): 1678-1682.
Bijlefeld, Marjolijn and Sharon K. Zoumbaris. Encyclopedia of Diet Fads: Understanding Science and Society, Second Edition. Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2015.
Blake, Christine E., James R. Hébert, Duck-chul Lee, Swann A. Adams, Susan E. Steck, Xuemei Sui, Jennifer L. Kuk, Meghan Baruth, and Steven N. Blair. “Adults with Greater Weight Satisfaction Report More Positive Health Behaviors and Have Better Health Status Regardless of BMI.” Journal of Obesity 2013 (2013): 1-13.
Brown, Harriet. Body of Truth: How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight–and What We Can Do About It. Boston: Da Capo Press, 2015. Kindle Edition.
Brown, Ian. “Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Adult Patients Who Are Obese: Literature Review.” Journal of Advanced Nursing 53, no. 2 (2006): 221-232.
Burkhardt, Joanna M. “Combating Fake News in the Digital Age.” Library Technology Reports 53, no. 8 (2017): 1-33.
Campos, Paul, Abigail Saguy, Paul Ernsberger, Eric Oliver, and Glenn Gaesser. “The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic?” International Journal of Epidemiology 35 (2006):55–60.
Cain, Patricia, Ngaere Donaghue, and Graeme Ditchburn. “Concerns, Culprits, Counsel, and Conflict: A Thematic Analysis of ‘Obesity’ and Fat Discourse in Digital News Media.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 6, no. 2 (2017): 170-188.
Chambliss, Heather O., Carrie E. Finlay, and Steven N. Blair. “Attitudes Toward Obese Individuals Among Exercise Science Students.” Psychobiology & Behavioral Strategies 36, no. 3 (2004): 468-474.
Chastain, Ragen. Fat: The Owner’s Manual. Austin, TX: Sized for Success Multimedia, LLC, 2012.
Cheek, Julianne. “Healthism: A New Conservatism?” Qualitative Health Research 18, no. 7 (2008): 974-982.
Chrisler, Joan C. and Angela Barney. “Sizeism is a Health Hazard.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 6, no. 1 (2017): 38-53.
Clark, Nicole. “These Women Are Taking Body Positivity Back from Brands.” Vice (blog), https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xm8na/these-women-are-taking-body-positivity-back-from-brands
Conceição, Eva, Ana Vez, Ana Pinto Bastos, Ana Ramos, and Paul Machado. “The Development of Eating Disorders After Bariatric Surgery.” Eating Disorders 21 (2013): 275-282.
Contois, Emily. “Food and Fashion: Exploring Fat Female Identity in Drop Dead Diva.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 2, no. 2 (2013): 183-196.
Contois, Emily. “Guilt-Free and Sinfully Delicious: A Contemporary Theology of Weight Loss Dieting.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 4, no. 2 (2015): 112-126.
Cooper, Charlotte. Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement. Bristol, England: HammerOn Press, 2016.
Cortada, James W. How Societies Embrace Information Technology: Lessons for Management and the Rest of Us. Hoboken: Wiley, 2009.
Dickens, Marissa, Collette Browning, Susan Feldman, and Samantha Thomas. “Social Inclusion and the Fat-o-sphere: The Role of an Online Weblogging Community in Fostering Social Inclusion.” Sociology of Health & Illness 38, no. 5 (2016): 797-811.
Dionne, Evette. “Fat acceptance activists explain why body positivity is becoming meaningless.” Revelist (blog), January 24, 2017 (04:23 PM), https://www.revelist.com/ideas/fat-acceptance-body-positivity/6632
Drury, Christine Aramburu Alegria and Margaret Louis. “Exploring the Associations Between Body Weight, Stigma of Obesity, and Health Care Avoidance.” Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 14, no. 12 (2002): 554–561.
Dylko, Ivan B., Michael A.Beam, Kristen D.Landreville, and Nicholas Geidner. “Filtering 2008 US presidential election news on YouTube by elites and nonelites: An examination of the democratizing potential of the internet.” New Media & Society 14, no. 5 (2012): 832-849.
Elran-Barak, Roni and Yoav Bar-Anan. “Implicit and explicit anti-fat bias: The role of weight-related attitudes and beliefs.” Social Science and Medicine 204 (2018): 117-124.
Elsweiler, David, and Morgan Harvey. “Engaging and Maintaining a Sense of Being Informed: Understanding the Tasks Motivating Twitter Search.” Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology 66, no. 2 (2015): 265-281.
Everson, Gina, Gary Kelsberg, and Joan Nashelsky. “How Effective is Gastric Bypass for Weight Loss?” The Journal of Family Practice 53, no. 11 (2004): 914-918.
Fabello, Melissa A. “3 Reasons Why You Can’t Have Body Positivity Without Feminism.” Everyday Feminism (blog), September 24, 2017, https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/09/no-body-positivity-no-feminism/
Fabello, Melissa A. “5 Social Theories That Prove Health Is Constructed.” Everyday Feminism (blog), September 29, 2017, https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/09/proof-that-health-is-constructed/
Foster, Gary D., Thomas A. Wadden, Angela P. Makris, Duncan Davidson, Rebecca Swain Sanderson, David B. Allison, and Amy Kessler. “Primary Care Physicians’ Attitudes about Obesity and Its Treatment.” Obesity Research 11, no. 10 (2003): 1168–1177.
Foxcroft, Louise. Calories & Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years. London: Profile Books, 2011. Kindle edition.
Freespirit, Judy and Aldebaran. Fat Liberation Manifesto. In Shadows on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression edited by Lisa Shchoenfielder and Barb Wieser. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Book Company, 1983.
Ganz, Johnanna J. ““The Bigger, the Better”: Challenges in Portraying a Positive Fat Character in Weeds.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 1, no. 2 (2012): 208-221.
Gerbaudoa, Paolo, and Emiliano Treré. “In Search of the ‘We’ of Social Media Activism: Introduction to the Special Issue on Social Media and Protest Identities.” Information, Communication & Society 18, no. 8 (2015): 865-871.
Gray, Kishonna L., Bertan Buyukozturk, Zachary G. Hill. “Blurring the Boundaries: Using Gamergate to Examine “Real” and Symbolic Violence Against Women in Contemporary Gaming Culture.” Sociology Compass 11, no. 3 (2017): 1-8.
Groven, Karen Synne and Jean Braithwaite. “Happily-Ever-After: Personal Narratives in Weight-Loss Surgery Advertising.” Health Care for Women International 37, no. 11 (2016): 1221-1238.
Groven, Karen Synne and Nicole M. Glenn. “The experience of regaining weight following weight loss surgery: A narrative-phenomenological exploration.” Health Care for Women International, 37, no. 11 (2016): 1185-1202.
Gullage, Amy. “Fat Monica, Fat Suits, and Friends: Exploring narratives of fatness.” Feminist Media Studies 14, no. 2 (2014): 178-189.
Harding, Kate and Marianne Kirby. Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body. New York: Perigree, 2009.
Himes, Susan M. And J. Kevin Thompson. “Fat Stigmatization in Television Shows and Movies: A Content Analysis.” Obesity 15, no. 3 (2007): 712- 718.
Jones, Jaleesa M. “Body positivity is positively mainstream. Now what?” USA Today, October 11, 2016.
Kajioka, Taeko, Shigeki Tsuzuku, Hiroshi Shimokata, and Yuzo Sato. “Effects of Intentional Weight Cycling on Non-Obese Young Women.” Metabolism 51, no. 2 (2002): 149-154.
Karamat, Ayesha, and Ayesha Farooq. “Emerging Role of Social Media in Political Activism: Perceptions and Practices.” South Asian Studies 31, no. 1 (2016): 381-396.
Kata, Anna. “Anti-Vaccine Activists, Web 2.0, and the Postmodern Paradigm: An Overview of Tactics and Tropes Used Online by the Anti-Vaccination Movement.” Vaccine 30, no. 25 (2012): 3778-3789.
Kim, Kyung-Sun, Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, and Eun Young Yoo-Lee. “Undergraduates’ Use of Social Media as Information Sources.” College & Research Libraries 75, no. 4 (2014): 442-457.
Kim, Yong-Mi. “Is Seeking Health Information Online Different From Seeking General Information Online?” Journal of Information Science 41, no. 2(2015): 228–241.
Kinzel, Lesley. Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body. New York: The Feminist Press, 2012. Kindle edition.
Kling, Rob, Ya-Ching Lee, Al Teich, and Mark. S. Frankel. “Assessing Anonymous Communication on the Internet: Policy Deliberations.” Information Society 15, no. 2 (1999): 79-90.
Kolata, Gina. Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss – and the Myths and Realities of Dieting. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2008. Kindle edition.
LeBesco, Kathleen. “Neoliberalism, Public Health, and the Moral Perils of Fatness.” Critical Public Health 21, no. 2 (2011): 153-164.
LeBesco, Kathleen. Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2004.
LeBesco, Kathleen. “Situating Fat Suits: Blackface, Drag, and the Politics of Performance.” Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory 15, no. 2 (2005): 231-242.
Lee, Jennifer A. and Cat J. Pausé. “Stigma in Practice: Barriers to Health for Fat Women.” Frontiers in Psychology 7 (2016): 2063.
Lepoff, Laurie Ann. Fat Politics. In Shadows on a Tightrope: Writings by Women on Fat Oppression edited by Lisa Shchoenfielder and Barb Wieser. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Book Company, 1983.
Lewandowsky, Stephan ,Ullrich K. H. Ecker, Colleen M. Seifert , Norbert Schwarz, and John Cook. “Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing.” Psychological Science in the Public Interest 13, no. 3 (2012): 106-131.
Lupton, Deborah. “‘How Do You Measure Up?’ Assumptions About ‘Obesity’ and Health-Related Behaviors and Beliefs in two Australian ‘Obesity’ Prevention Campaigns.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 3, no. 1 (2014): 32-44.
Lupton, Deborah. “The Pedagogy of Disgust: Ethical, Moral and Political Implications of Using Disgust in Public Health Campaigns.” Critical Public Health 25, no. 1 (2015): 4-14.
Mann, Traci, A. Janet Tomiyama, Erika Westling, Ann-Marie Lew, Barbra Samuels, and Jason Chatman. “Medicare’s Search for Effective Obesity Treatments: Diets Are Not the Answer.” American Psychologist 62, no.3 (2007): 220-233.
Marwick, Alice E., and Robyn Caplan. “Drinking male tears: language, the manosphere, and networked harassment.” Feminist Media Studies 18, no. 4 (2018): 543-559.
Miller, Wayne C. “How effective are traditional dietary and exercise interventions for weight loss?” Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 31, no. 8 (1999): 1129-1134.
Munro, Lauren. “Everyday Indignities: Using the Microaggressions Framework to Understand Weight Stigma.” The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45 (2017): 502-509.
O’Hara, Lily and Jane Gregg. “Human Rights Casualties from the ‘War on Obesity:’ Why Focusing on Body Weight is Inconsistent with a Human Rights Approach to Health.” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 1, no. 1 (2012): 32-46.
Oliver, Eric J. Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America’s Obesity Epidemic. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
O’Reilly, Caitlin and Judith Sixsmith. “From Theory to Policy: Reducing Harms Associated with the Weight-Centered Health Paradigm.” Fat Studies 1, no. 1 (2012): 97-113.
Ospina, Marie Southard. “9 Signs That Your Body Positivity Could Be More Open-Minded.” Everyday Feminism (blog), April 11, 2017, https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/04/body-positivity-more-open-minded/
Peters, Lauren Downing. “You Are What You Wear: How Plus-Size Fashion Figures in Fat Identity Formation.” Fashion Theory 18, no. 1 (2014): pp. 45-72.
Poland, Bailey. Haters: Harassment, Abuse, and Violence Online. University of Nebraska: Potomac Books, 2016.
Quinn, Zoë. Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate. New York: Hachette Book Group, 2017. Kindle edition.
Quirke, Linda. “‘Fat-Proof Your Child:’ Parenting Advice and ‘Child Obesity.’” Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society 5, no. 2 (2016): 137-155.
Ravanoglu Yilmaz, Sezen. “The Role of Social Media Activism in New Social Movements: Opportunities and Limitations.” International Journal of Social Inquiry 10, no. 1 (2017): 141-164.
Reader, Bill. “Free Press vs. Free Speech? The Rhetoric of “Civility” in Regard to Anonymous Online Comments.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly 89, no. 3 (2012): 495-513.
Rothblum, Esther, and Sondra Solovay, eds. The Fat Studies Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2009. Kindle edition.
Rugg, Peter. “Filmmaker behind fat-shaming documentary hit with rape and death threats.” Daily Mail Online, April 29, 2014, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616246/Filmmaker-fat-shaming-documentary-hit-rape-death-threats.html
Sabin, Janice A., Maddalena Marini, and Brian A. Nosek. “Implicit and Explicit Anti-Fat Bias among a Large Sample of Medical Doctors by BMI, Race/Ethnicity and Gender.” PLOS One 7, no. 11 (2012): 1-7.
Saguy, Abigail. What’s Wrong with Fat? New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Kindle edition.
Sandoval-Almazan, Rodrigo, and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia. “Towards Cyberactivism 2.0? Understanding the Use of Social Media and Other Information Technologies for Political Activism and Social Movements.” Government Information Quarterly 31, no. 3 (2014): 265-378.
Sartore, Melanie L., and George B. Cunningham. “Weight Discrimination, Hiring Recommendations, Person–Job Fit, and Attributions: Fitness-Industry Implications.” Journal of Sport Management 21 (2007): 172-193.
Schmidt, Eric, and Jared Cohen. The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 2013. Kindle edition.
Schwartz, Hillel. Never Satisfied: A Cultural History of Diets, Fantasies, and Fat. New York: The Free Press, 1986.
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Shlasko, Davey. “Using the Five Faces of Oppression to Teach About Interlocking Systems of Oppression.” Equity and Excellence in Education 48, no. 3 (2015): 349–360.
Skrabanek, Petr. The Death of Humane Medicine and the Rise of Coercive Healthism. Suffolk: St. Edmunsbury Press Ltd., 1994.
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Tovar, Virgie. “Take the Cake: How Did Body Positive Dieting Become a Thing?” Ravishly (blog), September 29, 2016 (12:00 a.m.), https://www.ravishly.com/2016/09/29/take-cake-how-did-body-positive-dieting-become-thing
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Wann, Marilyn. Fat! So?: Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1998.
Wann, Marilyn. “Foreward: Fat Studies: An Invitation to Revolution.” In Rothblum, Esther, and Sondra Solovay, eds. The Fat Studies Reader. New York: New York University Press, 2009. Kindle edition.
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Whitesel, Jason. “Intersections of Multiple Oppressions: Racism, Sizeism, Ableism, and the “Illimitable Etceteras” in Encounters With Law Enforcement.” Sociological Forum 32, no. 2 (2017): 426-433.
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Zare-Farashbandi, Firoozeh, Anasik Lalazaryan, Alireza Rahimi, and Akbar Hasssanzadeh. “The Effect of Contextual Factors on Health Information–Seeking Behavior of Isfahan Diabetic Patients.” Journal of Hospital Librarianship 16, no. 1 (2016): 1-13.
Zhang, Yin and Peilin Wang. “Interactions and User-Perceived Helpfulness in Diet Information Social Questions and Answers.” Health Information & Libraries Journal 33 (2016): 295–307.