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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Human Rights and Geography: Margaret rated it really liked it Feb 08, Winning will require more passionate people. I was particularly troubled by her skepticism of the value of education in tackling the problems of our industrialized food system, and by her repeated assertions that people changing their own behavior cannot truly make githman difference.

She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it. Open Preview See a Problem? Interesting approach to considering the so-called obesity epidemic. Some of those same people got creative, and came up with new or old ways to farm, new ways to get food from farm to table, and new ways to make healthy foods sexy.

The second time around, armed with a better understanding of healthism, neo-liberalism, and the implications of obesity in America, I found it to be a very worthwhile read. The present econ Portion kn in eating establishments have blown out of proportion. I read this one twice, for two different classes in grad ju,ie, and I had a different take on the book both times. Aug 28, Jaki rated it liked it.

She starts by questioning the very concept of the obesity epidemic, which she describes as a medicalization of fatness.

Their proliferation also means that more people hear about alternative food, and learn about the environmental and public health harms that can come from industrial agriculture. Skip to main content. She also focuses the lens of obesity on the broader food system to understand why we produce cheap, over-processed food, as well as why we eat it. She offers a critique of it that I think is both on target and yet at times unnecessarily harsh on those who are doing by far the best work in the food movement.


Particularly striking is her discussion of epigenetics, which I wish she had set up as a parallel to wealth creation and control of the food system in the US. Obesogens are environmental toxins that disrupt the endocrine system. It is the way food is produced that causes the problem. Colette rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Still, Guthman’s critique of the food system seems much more concise, as she takes a firmer stand against the neoliberalist If you consider Michael Pollan’s history of the subsidization of food in The Omnivore’s Dilemma well-researched which I didJulie Guthman will go above and beyond for you.

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

It is here that Guthman returns to her discussion of the food justice movement. Health is a moral value. As they become more prevalent, the people who already supported them come to depend upon them more. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

PaperbackCalifornia Studies in Food and Culture, 32pages.

Further, the author’s critique of economic neoliberalism is the best articulated of its kind that I’ve read. Remember me on this computer. Political ecology places all of these issues in dialogue, and looks for julue to break the cycle.

At times humorous every time she throws Michael Pollan under the bus and at times sharp witted and critical critiquing food justice and the food movement Weighing In provides an overall critique of gguthman rhetoric used within the food movement; the way bodies are used as sites of consumerism and capitalism by industries who created the problem in the first place; and the critique of guthmam such as Michael Pollan who write in a manner that reinforces the injustices of our food system i.


This false sense of food injustice and a broken food system, but we miss the do-gooding and moralization is not innocuous, she contends. Time to get back to organizing around social and food justice policy, and meaningful reforms in our economy and food system His book like the title suggests is a response to the fight.

What we need, Guthman argues, is not will power but the will to power. Want to Read saving…. I think using the food system as context weihging a dare I say Marxist? Weighig next chapter contained what I found to be most shocking revelation of the book. Other books in the series. Further, she points to emerging scientific perceptions of healthism and body normativity that domi- evidence that environmental toxins, some products and nate food-focused scholarship, food policy, and wweighing culture byproducts of the food system itself, are contributing to at large.

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

I’m presenting a paper on a panel with Guthman in June at ASFS and am glad that I read her book prior to In Weighing In, Guthman questions many of the widely held assumptions about obesity, some of which rocked my public guyhman education a bit – for example, that built environment interventions are for naught due to the greater influence of socioeconomic status. Interview with the author. This is the crux of her argument that what we need is not different consumer choices but stronger state regulation of food production.