If you go back a few centuries, fat bodies were exulted in art, literature – even scientific journals. University of California, Irvine sociologist Sabrina Strings joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how societal attitudes towards fatness – particularly when it comes to black women – became increasingly negative in the years that followed. Her new book is called “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia” (NYU Press).
In this Thursday, June 25, 2015 file photo, activists hold Confederate flags near the monument for Confederate President Jefferson Davis on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. The monument was vandalized the previous night, spray-painted with the phrase "Black Lives Matter," after a deadly mass shooting at a Charleston, S.C. predominantly-black church sparked a nationwide debate on the public display of Confederate imagery. Steve Helber/AP Photo