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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Log In Sign Up. She writes that consumer appetites do julis drive the food system 8but they do drive the alternative food system, to some extent. Economics weighs heavily on the food crisis. Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. Chapter 6 argues against the convention logic weighong foodies like Michael Pollan that farm policy is making us fat.

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 is the author of Agrarian Dreams?

She differentiates the alternative food movement with its market driven solutions to support small farmers from New Left experiments with worker owned cooperatives, communes, and community gardens. Guthman gives us the research behind the questions we should be asking, but, falling all over ourselves in the rush to consensus, we have overlooked. 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.

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. Interview with the author.

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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. It’s definitely made me reassess my biasses towards folks I perceive as unhealthy, and my own privileged life. It took me a long while to get through this book, but not because it isn’t excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking.

Julie Guthman is fast becoming my favorite author on this food journey o’mine.


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By promoting change in woes of the industrial food system, Guthman argues that individual behavior through education, not only do we fail foodies position themselves as morally and ethically supe- to hold the political economy responsible for perpetuating rior, whether this is their intention or not.

Feb 02, Nick Harris rated it liked it Shelves: This book was one of the most interesting and challenging books I’ve read in quite a while. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Further, the author’s critique of economic neolib This book was one of the most interesting and challenging books I’ve read in quite a while. As a result, consumers began to demand alternative options that tread more lightly on the planet.

It spends many millions on campaign contributions 34 million in alone. 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.

She argues in this final chapter that our bodies themselves have become a growth industry in the U. At the heart of this is the neoliberal ideal kulie being a good citizen ghthman consuming only a minimum amount of state resources.

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. Moreover, the biggest subsidies to the food industry, Guthman argues, are not the subsidies given to farmers producing corn but the overall lack of regulation of the food industry.

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.

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

Combining political economic analysis, cultural critique, and clear explanation of scientific discoveries, the author challenges our deeply held convictions about society, food, bodies, and environments. The author’s critique of alternative food and food justice movement rhetoric and policy solutions is timely and necessary, as well as backed by copious empirical data.

Because many of these systems had to be invented from the ground up, the products cost more, but many people are willing to pay extra for the perceived nutritional benefits and the feel-good value of local food. Weighing In takes on the “obesity epidemic,” challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences.


Alternative food systems appear to be here to stay, and they exist for reasons that Guthman largely writes off. Still, Guthman’s critique of the food system seems much more concise, as she weiyhing a firmer stand against the neoliberalist framework of our country. Jul 29, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: This guhhman the crux of her argument that what we need is not different consumer choices but stronger state regulation of food production.

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 some, while excluding non-whites. On one hand, Guthman applauds the authors of such studies for thinking systemically about the ways race and class map onto obesity.

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

Michael rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Interesting approach to considering the so-called obesity epidemic. This is no Michael Pollan book — you will need to work or skim to get through it.

Arguing that obesity is an ecological condition i. Apr 12, Guthmaan rated it liked it Shelves: One of the things I did disagree with Guthman on was her severe critique of Pollan; many people start their food journey s with Pollan and I don’t necessarily feel this is altogether a bad thing. And the more food alternatives exist, the more viable they become.

It is here that Guthman returns to her discussion of the food justice movement. 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 huthman ways to make healthy foods sexy.

It has greatly influenced and altered my own thinking about the so-called obesity weighnig and how those of us who care about food justice and public health should be addressing the problem.

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

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Time to get back to organizing around social and food justice policy, and meaningful reforms in our economy and food system Aug 28, Jaki rated it liked it. The present econ Portion sizes in eating establishments have blown out of proportion.

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