As more Americans become obese, the number of views on being overweight multiply: Fat is beautiful. Fat costs us money. You can be fit and fat. Being fat is worse than smoking. We'll look at American attitudes about obesity.
*Provost and professor of history at George Mason University
* Author of Fat History: Bodies and Beauty in the Modern West (New York University Press, revised 2001)
*Senior writer for the National Journal
*Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly
*Writer in Residence at the Brookings Institution
*Co-editor, What Are You Looking At?: The First Fat Fiction Anthology (Harvest Books, 2003)