Outside Publication

Getting Fat on Government Cheese: The Connection Between Social Welfare Participation, Gender, and Obesity in America, Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy Vol. 18 No. 1


This article attempts to accomplish an intersectional analysis of a discrete portion of recent scholarship in an effort to reveal otherwise indiscernible causes and consequences of obesity.

Currently, the available medical scholarship focuses almost exclusively on either single-characteristic empirical analysis or tracking health outcomes. The limited social science literature on this topic is generally focused on assessing the advance of obesity as a stigmatizing force in society but tends to avoid issues of causation altogether.