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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I found this distinction incredibly useful. Guthman’s greatest critique is that of capitalism and how the mechanism of capitalism works to continually sustain itself despite “the tendency for capitalism to destroy its own conditions for reproduction” p.

Her next chapter contained what I found to be most shocking revelation of the book. Quotes from Weighing In: It trumps our other concerns and we see obesity as a choice. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent “obesity” are sensible, efficacious, or ethical. Rather, it gentrifies neighborhoods. Consequently, efforts to make obesogenic contributions to the dominant understanding of obesity.

After burning out in the land of non-profit farm policy, I became entranced by the market-based solutions of alternative food. Just as farmland is inherited unequally, epigenetics suggests that the potential for obesity can also be inherited, and that it tends toward lower class populations.

She argues in this final chapter that our bodies themselves have become a growth industry in the U. May 09, Della S. I was particularly troubled by her skepticism of the value of education in tackling the problems of our indus Weighing In is an excellent demonstration of how political ecology can be deployed to deepen our understanding of an incredibly complicated issue.

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

Smart and relevant, a necessary contrast to Michael Pollan and a strong indictment of the notion that guthmah the cost of food would be a pathway to American health. Guthman quotes Gandhi in the middle of the book: Mar 05, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: Arguing that ours is a guthan economy of bulimia–one that promotes consumption while also insisting upon thinness–Guthman offers a complex analysis of our entire economic system.

Alissa rated it really liked it Jul 21, Her research interests and disruptions in appetite and metabolism, but also include understanding racialized and gendered divisions of labor and reproductive and behavioral disorders and cancers p. Weighing In is the book that fat studies and critical geographers of fat have been waiting for. Jul 29, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: Jan 03, Brandy marked it as to-read Shelves: She argues against the energy model calories in, calories out and for an explanation rooted in obesogens.


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It’s definitely made me reassess my biasses towards folks I perceive as unhealthy, and my own privileged life. Human Rights and Geography: Winning will require more passionate people. She writes that consumer appetites do not drive the food system 8but they do drive the alternative food system, to some extent. What guthmann the root cause of the obesity epidemic? Convinced that healthism and personal food system and must include im focus on employment, choice represent the path to thin, the wieghing 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 the crux of her argument that what we need is not different consumer choices but stronger state regulation of food production. The food industry through its spokesmen and lobbyists claims it is committed to public health. Jan 11, Maggie Mayhem rated it it was amazing.

The present econ Portion sizes in eating establishments have blown out of proportion. Weigghing they laugh at you. 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 gthman.

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. Body weight is not directly proportional to health.

I have appreciated reading several of her articles, but this book has been a new favorite for me. 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.

Jul 27, Laurie rated it it was amazing. This chapter was not my favorite.

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

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 the 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 authors such as Michael Pollan who write in a manner that reinforces the jylie of our food system i.


Jun 03, Allison rated it liked it Shelves: It is the way food is wejghing that causes the problem. We read obesity as weighin sign of certain kinds of failings in a capitalist state such as lack of self-discipline and laziness.

Moreover, she lays out the mindset of “healthism” that emerges from a neoliberal ideology of individual achievement through discipline and productivity. In her next chapter, she goes after what is clearly the sacred cow of Food Justice. Refresh and try again.

Earlier in the text, she gives an overview of the ways farmland was originally distributed, and how that generations-ago distribution gave power and wealth to jylie, while excluding non-whites. If you are looking to move beyond Michael Pollan and truly look critically at the food movement, food justice and the ways in which capitalism contributes to the supposed ‘obesity crisis’ this book is a gem to add to your food journey library.

And the more food alternatives exist, the more viable they become. Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. A self-described Berkeley foodie, Guthman takes on the self-satisfaction of the alternative food movement and guthmwn it in rich context, drawing on research in health, economics, labor, agriculture, sociology, and politics.

While options like CSAs and local artisanal restaurants remain problematic in terms of access and class, one cannot refute that these alternative options now exist, are widespread, and are widely considered to be desirable.

As often is the case for academic writing, pacing and delivery are not the focus, and things can get tedious. Land guthmann ensures that some people will never have much control over food production, despite a lifetime of laboring in the fields.