Lonie McMichael, Ph.D.
Health vs. Persuasion in the War on Our
Fat, Rhetoric & Social Justice
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Lonie McMichael has wanted to be a writer since age 3.
For many years she practiced her trade as a technical writer in the high tech industry. After
going to graduate school, she found her calling in fat studies, exploring the fat individual’s
experience. Graduating with a Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric, she wrote her
dissertation on the medical rhetoric surrounding the “war on obesity” and how such rhetoric legitimizes fat
prejudice—topics which have become two separate books, Talking Fat and Acceptable Prejudice?
She is currently teaching professional and technical writing at the University of
Colorado at Colorado Springs and working on her third book about things fat.
Visit her on the web at www.loniemcmichael.com.