Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This study presents a content analysis of a random sample of 24 young adult fiction books published between 1970-1980 and 1981- 1991, showing the portrayal of obese characters and determining if this portrayal changed over time. Findings concerning obesity were: negative presentations in 79.2%, presence of ridicule in 87 .5% and rejection in 83.3%, obesity shown as a problem to solve by dieting, and a rise of 37.5% in negative portrayals in more recently published books . It is concluded that the idea of "fat acceptance" has not had an effect on young adult fiction and that despite modern society's campaigns against "isms," stereotyping is prevalent in relation to obesity. Application of this study could be made to selection practices and in future writing featuring obese characters.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Barbara R. Safford
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©1992 Janice E. Weber
Weber, Janice E., "The Portrayal of Obesity in Young Adult Fiction" (1992). Graduate Research Papers. 4095.