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|Fatness and gayness have a few things in common: They are both highly charged social issues that can anger people in ways few other things can. To many people, they both represent a sinful inability to control urges -- in the case of fat folks, to eat food, and in the case of gay people, to have sex. In evangelical circles, however, fatness and gayness are not just stigmatized, they are actively fought.
In her eloquent new book, 'Seeking the Straight and Narrow: Weight Loss and Sexual Reorientation in Evangelical America,' Lynne Gerber examines the ways these two separate issues interact in that most morally stringent segment of American culture.