Size Acceptance: A Discursive Analysis of Online Blogs

Kate Davenport, Wendy Solomons, Sylvia Puchalska, Joanne McDowell

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Dominant discourses of “fatness” and “fat people” have implications for physical and mental health. Although alternative discourses such as “size acceptance” exist, there has been little consideration of the ways in which these alternative arguments (and speakers) may be positioned to be heard. Using a discursive thematic analysis, the authors demonstrate that size acceptance online bloggers have created a community online that enables them to persuasively provide alternative claims to “expertise,” which positions their views as credible and legitimate alternatives to those of more established authority figures—such as health professionals. This has implications not only for the lived experience of fat people, but also for researchers by emphasizing the importance of exploring not just what is said, but how, if we are to understand how different articulated positions are to be persuasive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-293
Number of pages16
JournalFat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society
Issue number3
Early online date25 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2018


  • Discursive analysis
  • fat
  • fat discourse
  • fatosphere
  • size acceptance


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