Fat, Gluttony and Sloth
Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine
David Haslam and Fiona Haslam
David Haslam is Chairman and Clinical Director of the National Obesity Forum, and medical doctor. He is Visiting Lecturer at Chester University and Visiting Fellow at the Postgraduate Medical School of Herts & Beds.
Fiona Haslam worked for many years in medical practice and in 1986, while still working she began her research into medicine and art, which resulted in the award of a doctorate from the University of St Andrews. She has written a number of articles on medicine and art and is the author of From Hogarth to Rowlandson: Medicine in Art in Eighteenth Century Britain (Liverpool University Press, 1996)
Contents List of colour illustrations Foreword Picture credits 1 Introduction 2 Obesity and the obese 3 Fat folk on show 4 A brief history of food and drink 5 Addressing obesity – diet 6 Addressing obesity – physical exercise 7 Addressing obesity – drug treatments 8 Gluttony 9 Sloth 10 Heavenly bodies 11 Obesity on the page 12 Popular images of obesity 13 Fat on film Epilogue. The dance of death Notes Select bibliography Index Colour section (see over for details) opposite page
The book is extremely well researched and illustrated throughout and a book which health professionals who have any interest in the causes and management of obesity will enjoy as it explores much more than just medical fields. Don’t, however, take my word for it. The proof of the pudding is in the reading.
Fat, Gluttony and Sloth: Obesity in Literature, Art and Medicine is an entertaining exploration of obesity that is simultaneously empathic, stark, humorous, unsettling, cautionary, and hopeful. Go ahead and take a nibble. There is no need to feel guilty about sampling this tasty book.
The Journal of the American Medical Association
The Haslam volume brings together a wide range of sources, wonderful reproductions, and a basic approach that will give many students pause.
Reviews in History
A timely historical survey of cultural perceptions of obesity.
Journal of the History of Medicine, Vol. 65
Size: 234 x 156 mm
Publication: September 1, 2009