The Fat Girl Discussion Questions

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By the time Dubus wrote "The Fat Girl," the concept of the ideal American family was changing. Increasing numbers of women exerted their independence by working outside of the home. In response to the women's liberation movement, however, some women urged a return to more traditional family values. Do you think that Louise accurately represents a woman of her generation and time period? Why or why not?

Does the Louisiana setting of the story matter? Why or why not? Do you think the fact that Louise goes to Massachusetts for college has any significance? Why or why not?

Find out more about binge eating. How prevalent is this practice and how is it linked with other disorders, especially bulimia? What does the prevalence of eating disorders in the United States say about contemporary society?

Conduct research to find out why the number...

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