Sabrina Strings

According to Sabrina Strings, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia and a [Chancellor’s Fellow and associate] sociology professor at the University of California Irvine, the early 19th century’s push for “thinness” was reinforced by both racial and Christian propriety. “This began the whole idea that Black people, as a race, were prone to what was considered a low form of corpulence that should be avoided,” Strings said.
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