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Vigarello offers up a grande bouffe of food for thought, tracing the impact of evolving mores and medicines on society's perception of an often stigmatized condition.


Vigarello masterfully traces...the stigmatization of the fat person over time.

(Times Literary Supplement)

Overall, a useful resource on the sociology and history of obesity...


... At once compelling and ground-breaking... This work represents all that is best in new histories of the body.

(Modern Language Review 1900-01-00)


Gluttony--whether perceived or real--has become the ultimate deadly sin in our secularized Western world. The Metamorphoses of Fat tackles with depth and breadth the history of obesity from the Middle Ages to the present from a wide interdisciplinary and cultural perspective.

(Jean-Jacques Courtine, University of Auckland)

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