Framing and shaming body size in Japan

Ear to Asia by Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne

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In Japan, slender bodies are prized and body size is regarded as a personal responsibility. Meanwhile, Japan’s government views the trend of increasing average body weight as a public health problem. In this social milieu, how do those with non-conforming body sizes feel about themselves? How is Japan’s conception of body image changing? Gender studies researcher Assoc Professor Claire Maree and cultural anthropologist Dr Cindi SturtzSreetharan examine the relationships between body size, body image and culture with presenter Ali Moore.

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