Weight Gain And Personal Responsibility

I’ve blogged about size acceptance and body-policing comments in the past, and I’m aware of how much body- and weight-related issues can impact a person’s self-esteem and general well-being. Thus, it’s interesting to note that some of the emphasis on personal responsibility for weight gain that we’ve been seeing in American culture may be misguided. According to this report, it’s not just American humans that are getting larger in the last few decades – it’s also laboratory animals (from monkeys to mice) and domestic animals (such as cats and dogs).

Whatever the causes, it seems like a lot of the problem is systemic, rather than being solely an issue of personal responsibility as it’s often framed in the mainstream media. Is this much consolation? I’m not sure, but perhaps it’s a step away from the relentless fat-blaming and fat-shaming that keeps happening in American culture.

About Jeana


Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.