The Social Roots of Compulsive Overeating


“A fat woman is a warm quilt for the winter.” Inuit proverb


Obesity research is in its infancy compared to other health issues. Obesity became a problem in the population only after World War II, so study is not yet a hundred years old. Even so, research was conducted based on male models of medicine, women’s health not deemed important enough or different enough for specialized study until recently. Women’s bodies generally retain more fat because of survival genetics. In addition pregnancy changes women’s bodies in ways not yet fully understood. But men in other cultures have not generally shown this loathing for women of physical substance except where American (Anglo) culture has been exported. (The first diet book was published in Britain in the 1850s). Continue reading