Working with 'obesity': Lessons from reality television

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McLachlan, Fiona (2009) Working with 'obesity': Lessons from reality television. New Zealand Physical Educator : Journal of Physical Education New Zealand, 42 (1). pp. 22-25. ISSN 1178-1076


In this paper I interrogate one of the seldom examined resources that children and adults alike have available to draw on when trying to make sense of obesity imperatives - reality television. I offer a brief analysis of the key messages, strategies and affects evident in two New Zealand fat-busing programmes - 'Downsize Me' and 'Eat Yourself Whole'. I conclude by suggesting that these programmes, troubling as they are, may well be regarded as a powerful pedagogical resource for teachers who are trying to engage their students in socially critical enquiry around bodies, health and weight.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Keywords ResPubID25125, obesity discourse, physical education, physical educators, portion control, surrounding body size, body shape, unhealthy eating practices, inactive lifestyles, irresponsibility
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