National Institute on Aging

Sabrina Strings Wins a Hellman Fellowship to Complete a Book on Fat Stigma

Sabrina Strings, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine was awarded a 2017-18 Hellman Fellowship so she can complete work on her book, Thin, White & Saved: Fat Stigma and the Fear of the Big Black Body. The book, under contract with New York University Press, documents the development of fat stigma and the adulation of slimness in the Western World and how this may have contributed to racial/ethnic and gender disparities in health outcomes.

“In the book, I show that race, religion, and immigration were critical to the development of an anti-fat, pro-thin bias in the Western World,” Dr. Strings states.

Dr. Strings joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in psychology. Dr. Strings holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.


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