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Richard Klein is a professor of French at Cornell University and the author of Cigarettes Are Sublime (Duke University Press).
Let me express the rage I feel toward the word obesity. This ugly noun, with all its pejorative implications, this term for unhealthy corpulence, has been mobilized by the medical-health-beauty industry in order to stigmatize people who don’t conform to an absurdly restrictive concept of ideal weight.