Nowadays, there is a tendency to see fat as a disability. But Gilman adopts obesity as an object for the study of the cultural construction of the body. He reconstitutes the cultural representations of the obese body through the case of the Jews dealing with the Bible, the medical discourse, and the literary image of the fat Jew. Gilman underlines the racial and gender aspects implied in the image of the fat.
Obesity; Body; Body Disability; Jews; Gender