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A French Paradox?

Toward an Explanation of Inconsistencies between Framing and Policies

Henri Bergeron, Patrick Castel, and Abigail C. Saguy

In much of the world, obesity is represented as an issue of personal responsibility. * By contrast, in France, which has a tradition of social solidarity through state-funded social programs, obesity is framed largely as an issue of corporate

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Park Spaces and the User Experience

Reconsidering the Body in Park Analysis Tools

Eric A. Stone and Jennifer D. Roberts

argues, “Our patients, my colleagues, and I have embraced Park Rx with open arms because we are all ready for a positive approach to chronic disease that poses virtually no risk, but both prevents and treats our modern day plagues like obesity, asthma

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'We did not want to lose him'

Jimmy Wait as the Figure of Abjection in Conrad's The Nigger of the “Narcissus”

Nigel Messenger

In A Personal Record, Conrad tells how, as a small boy, he was fascinated and appalled by a story of his maternal grand-uncle, Nicholas Bobrowski, who served under Napoleon and suffered in the retreat from Moscow. Struggling through the Lithuanian forest and in desperate straits, grand-uncle Nicholas and his two companions came across a village dog and killed it. It was an unsavoury animal, obese with bare patches on its skin, but, as Conrad observes, ‘they had not killed that dog for the sake of the pelt. He was large . . . He was eaten . . .’

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Michael Atkinson and Michael Kehler

There has been a dramatic rise in public, and particularly the media, attention directed at concerns regarding childhood obesity, and body shape/contents/images more broadly. Yet amidst the torrential call for increased attention on so-called “body epidemics” amongst youth in Canada and elsewhere, links between youth masculinities and bodily health (or simply, appearance) are largely unquestioned. Whilst there is a well-established literature on the relationship between, for example, body image and marginalized femininities, qualitative studies regarding boys and their body images (and how they are influenced within school settings) remain few and far between. In this paper, we offer insight into the dangerous and unsettled spaces of high school locker-rooms and other “gym zones” as contexts in which particular boys face ritual (and indeed, systematic) bullying and humiliation because their bodies (and their male selves) simply do not “measure up.” We draw on education, masculinities, health, and the sociology of bodies literature to examine how masculinity is policed by boys within gym settings as part of formal/informal institutional regimes of biopedagogy. Here, Foucault’s (1967) notion of heterotopia is drawn heavily upon in order to contextualize physical education class as a negotiated and resisted liminal zone for young boys on the fringes of accepted masculinities in school spaces.

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Taking Responsibility

Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Perspectives on Delayed Healthcare Seeking

Susanne Brandner, Wiebke Stritter, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Jalid Sehouli, Christina Fotopoulou, and Christine Holmberg

al. 2013 ; Roy 2008 ; Yadlon 1997 ). Another illustrative example of how these contemporary discourses resonate in our material is the story of Alice. Her narrative reflects the specific sub-discourse of obesity as a health problem. At the beginning

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Food Knowledge and Migrant Families in Argentina

Collective Identity in Health

Mora Castro and Giorgina Fabron

on these families and deeply affect their general well-being. For the individuals within these migrant families, this could lead to obesity, diabetes and numerous cardiovascular diseases. In this context, it should also be noted that in Argentina the

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Embracing a New Day

Exploring the Connections of Culture, Masculinities, Bodies, and Health for Gay Men through Photovoice

Phillip Joy, Matthew Numer, Sara F. L. Kirk, and Megan Aston

underlying assumption that the moral transgression of fat is also a dismissal of health ( Puhl and Heuer 2009 ; 2010 ). People who are labelled fat, overweight, or obese are, therefore, viewed as lazy, greedy, self-indulgent, unintelligent, and weak. Ryan

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Editorial

Comics and Transnational Exchanges

Lawrence Grove, Anne Magnussen, and Ann Miller

screened by perspectival illusionism, and the precarity with which the Symbolic order is kept in place. Morgan cites George Townshend's representation of the Duke of Cumberland as a grotesque and obese fop, which indicates the void that lies beneath the

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Neoliberalism, Hedonism and the Dying Public

Reclaiming Political Agency through the Exercise of Courage

Grant M. Sharratt and Erik Wisniewski

. One of the sad paradoxes of late neoliberalism is that, while it encourages healthy living so people can live more productive lives, obesity rates have been on the rise since the 1960s. In the United States in particular, the Centers for Disease

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Jeff Hearn

sport to (men's) health has become more complex, with contradictory tendencies towards ill-health and obesity (including of boys) alongside more widespread awareness of and public discourse on men's health, including across social classes ( Pietilä 2008