Natalie Boero is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at San Jose
State University. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in
2006 and A BA in Sociology from Linfield College in 1996. Her first book, Killer Fat:
Media, Medicine and Morals in the American Obesity Epidemic is forthcoming from Rutgers
University Press. The book is a sociological investigation of the development and
significance of the American obesity epidemic 

With Professor C.J. Pascoe she is currently co-authoring a book entitled Anas, Mias and
Wannas: Identity and Community in a Pro-Ana Subculture. In it they examine online
pro-eating disorder communities. 



Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American 'Obesity' Epidemic (2012)

In the past decade, obesity has emerged as a major public health concern in the...




What's Wrong with Fat?, American Journal of Sociology (2014)


Obesity In the media: Social science weighs in, Critical Public Health (2013)

Obesity has become a mainstay of media in all its forms and sociologists and others...



Pro-Anorexia Communities and Online Interaction: Bringing the Pro-Ana Body Online (with CJ Pascoe), Body and Society (2012)

This article details the making of community and bodies in online environments, specifically the online...



Review Essay of "Body Panic: Gender, Heath, and the Selling of Fitness", Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (2010)


Review Essay of “Men and the War on Obesity: A Sociological Study”, American Journal of Sociology (2009)

A review is presented of the book "Men & the War on Obesity: A Sociological...


Contributions to Books


Bypassing Blame: Bariatric Surgery and the Case of Biomedical Failure, Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in U.S. (2010)

The rise of Western scientific medicine fully established the medical sector of the U.S. political...



Fat Kids, Working Moms, and the Epidemic of Obesity Race, Class, and Mother-Blame, The Fat Studies Reader (2010)

We have all seen the segments on television news shows: A fat person walking on...




University Scholar Series: Natalie Boero, University Scholar Series (2013)

On March 20, 2013 Natalie Boero spoke in the University Scholar Series hosted by Provost...

Ambivalence: Complicating the Pro-Ana Community, American Sociological Association (2011)
Invited Speaker, panel discussion of Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in U.S. Biomedicine, University of California, San Francisco department of Medical Anthropology colloquium series (2010)