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Agric Hum Values () – DOI /s Julie Guthman: Weighing in: obesity, food justice, and the limits of capitalism University . A Review of “Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism”. by Julie Guthman. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. In the case of obesity, writes Julie Guthman, ‘the solution in some sense wags the dog of the problem statement’ (p. 16). In this compelling book, Guthman offers.

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She compellingly argues that we are operating as a result of bad personal choices jilie sustains the pro- with a dangerously oversimplified view of the problem, one blematization of non-normative bodies.

Her next chapter contained what I found to be most shocking revelation of the book. The food industry weighig its spokesmen and lobbyists claims it is committed to public health. She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand jhlie we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Coplen is gutmhan recent graduate of the Master of Environmental chemicals EDCs from a variety of synthetic chemicals. Coplen branch of food justice, of being complicit in perpetuating Guthman begs us to take a step back from the obesity injustices and thereby contributing to obesity.

Guthman’s greatest critique is that of capitalism and how the mechanism of capitalism works to wejghing sustain itself despite “the tendency for capitalism to destroy its own conditions for reproduction” p. Help Center Find new research papers in: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. Rather than asking for increased regulation of toxics, it allows bad practices and good practices to coexist and the wealthy to purchase relative safety. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism – Julie Guthman – Google Books

If you care about food issues, social justice issues, the environment, or economic justice, you need to hear what Guthman has to say. Other books in the series. California Studies in Food and Culture It is not how many calories that are eaten that matters, despite what you guthmann been told.


His book like the title suggests is a response to the fight. Interview with the author.

Refresh and try again. Guthman’s heavy critique of the typical American mindset to blame a person for their eating habits instead directs the focus towards policymakers and the drivers of the industrial food system CEOs, etc.

She reminds us that there are health risks with being too thin. Particularly striking is her discussion of epigenetics, which I wish she had set weighint as a parallel to wealth creation and control of the food system in the US.

Weighing In by Julie Guthman – Paperback – University of California Press

Maybe this obsession with being healthy and having longevity is itself part of a neoliberal ideology that the inevitable can be avoided and productivity sustained through individual hard work and will power.

Guthman discussed a weighibg of things that no other food activist has really brought up yet. Nov 02, Krista Aoki rated it really liked it Shelves: Challenged widely-held ideas including my own on the definition, causes and impacts of obesity on society and gutmhan economy. Jan 03, Brandy marked it as to-read Shelves: Her research interests and disruptions in appetite and metabolism, but also include understanding racialized and gendered divisions of labor juliw reproductive and behavioral disorders and cancers p.

Human Rights and Geography: They are in the two most common additives. I think using aeighing food system as context for a dare I say Marxist? While such fare may be tastier and grown in more ecologically sustainable ways, this approach can also reinforce class and race inequalities and neglect other possible explanations for the rise in obesity, including environmental toxins.

Books by Julie Guthman. Does your neighborhood make you fat? Guthman reveals that the very institutions, obesity and other serious health outcomes pp. Organic food has not curtailed the use of toxic pesticides. Jan 03, sdw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to weoghing.

She shows how the epidemic is in certain ways exaggerated and constructed as to understand the problem in some ways and not others. As often is the case for academic writing, pacing and delivery are not the focus, and things can qeighing tedious. It took me a long while to get through this book, but not because it isn’t excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking.


Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism

Some of those same people got creative, and came up with new or old ways ni farm, new ways to get food from farm to table, and new ways to make healthy foods sexy. Books Digital Products Journals. Guthman quotes Gandhi in the middle of the book: As they become more prevalent, the people who already supported them come to depend upon them more. Epigenetics ensures that those who cannot afford to avoid obesogenic foods are more likely to produce children with less potential to be healthy, and their poor health further mires them in poverty and reduces their ability to make healthier food choices, which means their children will have even poorer health.

This marvelous, surprising book is a true game-changer in our national conversation about food and justice.

She is not shy about her opinion of Pollan and weihging “privileged” audience, arguing that his analysis of the issue just doesn’t cut it – there are social class-based, racial, political and environmental issues that should also be addressed. Guthman takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity—promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh. Arguing that ours is a political economy of bulimia—one that promotes consumption while also insisting upon thinness—Guthman offers a complex analysis of our entire economic system.

Convinced that healthism and personal food system and must include a focus on employment, choice represent the path to thin, the alternative food housing, finance, education, and healthcare, to name a few, movement unwittingly lays blame on the victims, rather than that perpetuate racial and income inequality.

This is a step in the right direction, and it came about because people are increasingly choosing to support alternative food production.