Term of Award
Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)
Document Type and Release Option
Dissertation (open access)
Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
William M. Reynolds
Committee Member 1
Ming Fang He
Committee Member 2
Committee Member 3
Michael L. Ludwig
This dissertation sought to critically analyze the university environment by examining how the representation practices of corporations articulate with the growing obesity epidemic. For this study, existing data from one southeastern university was collected to describe the articulation between the university and obesity. The analysis examined the collected information and used the cultural studies concept of representation to expose the articulation between obesity and the university setting, including the three major theoretical works of Martin Nestle, Henry Giroux, Michel Foucault, and Paulo Freire. Physical fitness and dietary risk behaviors in students were described using the instrument of the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey. Data was also gathered from official campus sources to describe the physical activity and nutritional environment to which students are exposed. The representation analysis revealed three important critiques: the university's administration is not consistent in its messaging, the environment represents the student as an emotional consumer while academics represent the student as a rational thinker, and the curriculum creates docile students incapable of true liberation.
Melton, Bridget Frugoli, "Culture of Obesity" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 519.