The pro-fat rights or ''size acceptance'' movement has existed for decades in the United States, but it has not been successful in establishing a political identity for fat people as a group. Fat advocates have nonetheless continued to rely upon many of the self-understandings and legal strategies of more successful identity groups. Through discussion of the salient analytic categories of fat personhood in the law - as functioning bodies, as transcendental selves, as actuarial calculations of risk, or as reasonable persons - this study examines one unpopular group's hopes of using law for social change and also explores the complex legal representations of persons that is already there to greet them.

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