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c. 1980s, fat +‎ -phobia


fatphobia (uncountable)

  1. Fear and/or dislike of obese people and/or obesity.
    • 2008, Lee F. Monaghan, Men and the War on Obesity: A Sociological Study, Routledge, published 2008, →ISBN, page 1:
      This is because medical authorities and proponents of public health are drawing from and amplifying the Western cultural fear and loathing of fatness, or fatphobia, with claims about a global 'obesity epidemic' (WHO 1998).
    • 2009, Crystal Renn, Marjorie Ingall, Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Celebrity culture is intricately tied to fatphobia.
    • 2012, Abby Weintraub, “Truce”, in Virgie Tovar, editor, Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion[1], Seal Press, →ISBN:
      From long-lost high school friends found on Facebook to total strangers whom I'll probably never meet in person, I get asked questions from where to buy a good bra (my minimizer days are dead and buried) to how to deal with a spouse's fatphobia.
    • 2021 March 9, Maura Judkis, “People are getting vaccinated due to their BMI. They have mixed feelings about it”, in Washington Post:
      There are a lot of ways for people in the obese/eligible category to feel about it: [] Ambivalent about fatphobia in medicine working in their favor, for once.
  2. Fear or obsessive avoidance of consuming fat.


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