Removal of deposited fat

The first strategy for dealing with the crisis of deposited fat is a strong discourse of removal. These discourses begin disdainfully with unhealthy and corpulent bodies in terms of a representation of excess and greed, are mobilized in relation to the "Fat

Table 9.1 Strategies for dealing with fat: removal, prevention and acceptance

Removing deposited fat Preventing fat deposition Accepting fat deposition

Removing deposited fat Preventing fat deposition Accepting fat deposition

Table 9.1 Strategies for dealing with fat: removal, prevention and acceptance





















City" and "Fat Sewers" that are to be "slimmed down" or "to get lean". And with this discourse the strategies of intervention focus on a range of technological devices used to remove fat from bodies and sewers. These range from suction devices, the physical removal of fat or the use of drugs and biotechnologies to remove fat. Specialist medical and sewer treatment technologies are mobilized to focus on highly individualized and site-specific fat removal at the level of the individual body and sections of the sewer. This strategy mainly relies on the use of specialist technical and professional expertise with relatively passive users with little collective action at the level of the city. There is a relatively limited understanding of the metabolism of fat within this discourse. Primarily, the focus is on the crisis of blockage and deposition with the problematic being one of extraction and disposal. There is less focus on the wider issues involved in the production, distribution and consumption of fats and the wider processes that shape its deposition in bodies and sewers. In this way, the body and the sewer are decontextualized from their relationships with a wider metabolism of fat. At the same time the interconnections between the metabolisms of body and sewers are relatively weak. The problem of metabolism is deposition and disposal of waste fat. Within all these contexts, the removal of fat is difficult and its disposal expensive. Though strategies for the removal of fat do not immediately involve shaping urban form, the interdependencies across city metabolisms—from bodies, to infrastructure to the city collective—mean that removal from one location—the body or the sewer—potentially leads to a problem of redisposition in another context. Overall, this strategy presents a partial understanding of the metabolism of fat, fails to connect the problem with wider questions about the specific contexts and environments that bodies and sewers are located within and there are serious concerns about its longer term effectiveness and viability as strategy for dealing with fat.

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