#120 - Fearing the Black Body Part Two - BMI is not just a bogus measure, it is masking medical sexism and racism with Sabrina Strings


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In my second interview with Sabrina Strings, PhD, author of Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, we discuss why only white women’s bodies were subjects of control in historical fat phobia. Dr. Strings shares the history of the BMI development and its flaws. We share personal stories for how BMI and weight bias in medicine harms people today. Dr. Strings also shares how she was discouraged from even writing this book.

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Listen to Part One of the conversation at bitly.com/bkind119.

Sabrina String is an Asst. Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She was a recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship with a joint appointment in the School of Public Health and Department of Sociology.

She has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Yoga International, and LA Yoga. Her writings can be found in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society and Feminist Media Studies. Sabrina was the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award for the Race, Gender and Class section of the American Sociological Association. Fearing the Black Body is her first book.

Find more about Sabrina: Book | Twitter


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