Fat as Productive: Enactments of Fat in an Australian Suburb

Tanya Zivkovic, Megan Warin, Vivienne Moore, Paul Ward, Michelle Jones

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By foregrounding positive and productive capacities of fat, we explore experiences of expanding, maintaining, or diminishing body sizes to accommodate the different meanings and enactments of fat. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in a South Australian community that has experienced significant socioeconomic disadvantage, we detail how the “problem” of fat in public health discourse is countered in the lived experience of people targeted for obesity intervention. In so doing, we attend to the multiple meanings and practices of fat that differ to the focus within public health interventions on the negative health consequences of overweight and obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-386
Number of pages14
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Class
  • disadvantage
  • fat
  • multiplicity
  • protection
  • survival


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