Food-Body Intra-Activity and the Relational “Obese” Subject in Super Size Me and Make the Connection

Katrine Meldgaard Kjær

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Abstract

The author considers the relationship between bodies, food, and the construction of the “obese” subject in Oprah Winfrey’s self-help book Make the Connection and Morgan Spurlock’s film Super Size Me. Interestingly, the process of becoming “obese” in these texts has very little to do with gaining weight. Instead, it is highly dependent on Winfrey and Spurlock’s relationship to food and eating, and the circumstances in which this eating takes place. Accordingly, the article argues that to truly understand how subjects are created as a part of the “obesity epidemic” here, one must examine the relationship between bodies and the objects they interact with.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFat Studies
Volume6
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-89
ISSN2160-4851
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Eating
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Super Size Me
  • food
  • intra-activity
  • “obesity epidemic”

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