Weight perception

Weight perception

Body image/body politic : a world without dieting

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English
Owning Org: 
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Carla Rice
Donna Ciliska
Edition: 
Vol 10, No.3
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1989
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses weight preoccupation and alternatives to dieting. The effects of social stigma and the medicalization of women's bodies. Introduces the Toronto based program Beyond dieting, an alternative program for large women. 

An uncertain well-being: weight control and self control

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English
Owning Org: 
Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Paper
Author: 
Catrina Brown
Edition: 
Vol 9, No.1
Publisher: 
Women Healthsharing
Publication Date: 
1987
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

This article discusses weight preoccupation as a women's health issue and as a feminist issue. Illustrates how women can work together to create change in their lives. Examples given of programs that focus on empowerment to increase self esteem and sense of self direction. 

Body Weight

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English
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British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women's Health (BCCEWH)
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Online
Publisher: 
The Source

Summarizes how overweight and obesity affect women by looking at sex, gender and diversity. Also critiques the BMI as an accurate measure of overweight and obesity.

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Available online.

The fat studies reader

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English
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Paper
Author: 
Esther Rothblum, Ed.
Sondra Solovay, Ed.
Publisher: 
NYU Press
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
New York, NY, USA

A collection of 53 essays from the growing movement known as ‘fat studies’, exploring a wide range of topics related to body weight, related to sexism, racism, homophobia and many other angles. Contains one chapter on research done in Canada: “Not Jane Fonda: Aerobics for Fat Women Only”.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISBN: 9780814776315
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Includes bibliographical references, appendices and index. 448 pages. 21 illustrations.

Lose weight... or be yourself?

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English
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Paper
Online
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Association pour la santé publique du Québec
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

Provides information on weight-loss products, services and methods, and explores the motivations behind the use of these products.

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WEIP.L67 2004
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Includes bibliographical references. --- Review, January 2005: " Lose weight while you sleep " "Lose weight and keep it off for good " "New scientific breakthrough...a medical miracle!" We've all seen or read these advertisements for quick weight loss. The weight-loss industry offers a multitude of choices for women (and men): diets, meal replacements, weight-loss programs, natural products, and other devices that promise to give us a flat stomach, slender legs and a model-thin figure. But, most of these weight-loss products, services and methods (WLPSM), do not live up to their promises. The Association pour la santé publique du Québec (ASPQ) asks, "Should we continue to encourage an industry with such poor performance, an industry that fails to fulfill it's promises"? A study of more than 200 of the some 350 WLPSM available in Quebec revealed some startling facts: * Several WLPSM promote the misleading assumption that rapid weight loss can be safe. However, rapid weight loss includes not only fat, which is desirable, but also water and muscle tissue, which is not desirable. * Fewer than 5% of WLPSM provide for a structured, supervised environment and, if they do, in most cases it is not monitored by qualified personnel such as physicians or dietitians. * Fewer than 35% of WLPSM encourage physical activity; most ignore this factor completely. This educational guide provides an excellent overview of popular weight-loss methods and the health risks associated with them. The weight-loss industry is unregulated in Canada, and it is clear that the industry cares more about filling it's pockets than fullfilling its promises.

Fit or fatphobic? Trans people, weight and health

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English
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Paper
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Author: 
Joshua Mira Goldberg
Olivia Ashbee
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Transgender Health Program
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Examines weight preoccupation and body image issues within the trans population.

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The Real Me Experience

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English
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Online
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National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Publication Date: 
2005-
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents an interactive website on self-esteem and body image developed to help young women understand themselves better. Includes quizzes and stories.

Suddenly semestered: food & weight concerns on campus

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English
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Online
Author: 
Colleen Conroy
Publisher: 
National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Examines the university environment as a ripe ground for eating disorders to develop or to
become exacerbated.

What have we learned about primary prevention of food and weight preoccupation

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English
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Online
Author: 
Gail McVey
Publisher: 
National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Argues for a comprehensive prevention approach, one that encompasses the entire school climate (i.e. all students, teachers, school-support staff).

Exercise, physical appearance and self-esteem in adolescence

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English
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Online
Author: 
Merryl Bear
Publisher: 
National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Publication Date: 
1996
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Explores some of the links between culture, diet and exercise with an emphasis on adolescents.

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Includes bibliographical references.
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