The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (0:35). Guest: Sabrina Strings, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine, Author of “Fearing the Black Body”. By 2030 – ten years from now – half of US adults will be obese, according to a prediction published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the last month. On the surface, health is the crux of the concern over America’s “obesity epidemic.” But if you pull the threads of that concern back a few centuries, the reasons why we’re so convinced that fat is bad, have a lot more to do with race than with health. (Originally aired 6/6/19)

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