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Citation: Meadows A (2014) Fat and fit: possible, probable, protective? In R Chastain (ed) The politics of size:
Perspectives from the Fat-Acceptance Movement. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-Clio.
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... Later investigations may also seek to clarify whether interacting with these images further contributes to reducing anti-fat bias through challenging the popular stereotype that one cannot be "fat and fit" (DePatie 2015; Meadows 2015). Such an endeavor would add to the existing literature, which has noted the positive effects of exposure to counterstereotypical media representations of higher-weight individuals (e.g., Pearl, Puhl, and Brownell 2012) and to higher-weight individuals expressing weight acceptance versus weight dissatisfaction (Murakami and Latner 2015). ...
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