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ERIC Number: EJ1050641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Obesity and Minority--Changing Meanings of Big Bodies among Young Pakistani Obesity Patients in Norway
Wathne, Kjetil; Mburu, Christina Brux; Middelthon, Anne-Lise
Sport, Education and Society, v20 n2 p171-189 2015
Globally, paediatric obesity causes widespread concern, and the role of ethnicity is an important focus. Investigating how culture can mediate health-related behaviour through ideas about bodies, food and physical activity, while addressing a notion that the Pakistani community in Norway is particularly conservative and slow to change, this article points to the centrality of health as a cultural concept and the state of efficacy of public health promotion in contemporary Norwegian society. A "Foucauldian" perspective lends itself to this approach and the concepts of bio-power, bio-pedagogy and proper citizenship inform the analysis. Specifically, this article examines the obesity and weight loss experiences of Pakistani youth undergoing treatment for paediatric obesity in Norway and the ways in which they negotiate and position themselves amongst competing discourses of weight, health and weight loss.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway; Pakistan
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