The recent construction of an 'obesity epidemic' has been fueled by epidemiologically- based studies recuperated by the media and suggesting the rapid acceleration of obesity rates in the Western world. Studies linking obesity to ill-health have also exploded with more recipes on how to wage 'a war' on obesity and dispose of 'domestic terrorists.' In this paper, we assert that the fabrication of 'evidence' in obesity research constitutes a good example of micro-fascism at play in the contemporary scientific arena. Favoring a particular ideology and excluding alternative forms of knowledge, obesity scientists have established a dominant 'obesity discourse' within which obese and 'at-risk' bodies are constructed as lazy and expensive bodies that should be submitted to disciplinary technologies (for example, surveillance), expert investigation and regulation. Using a poststructuralist approach, we examine the politics of evidence in obesity science and explore the connections between obesity discourses and the ways in which health and the body are discursively constructed by Canadian youth.

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Keywords body, discourse analysis, health, obesity, poststructuralist theory, youth
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1057/sth.2009.10
Journal Social Theory and Health
Citation
Rail, G. (Geneviève), Holmes, D. (Dave), & Murray, S.J. (2010). The politics of evidence on 'domestic terrorists': Obesity discourses and their effects. Social Theory and Health, 8(3), 259–279. doi:10.1057/sth.2009.10