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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Jul 29, Holly rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

In Weighing In, Guthman questions many of the widely held assumptions about obesity, some of which rocked my public health education a bit – for example, that built environment interventions are for naught due to the greater influence of socioeconomic status. It has greatly influenced and altered my own thinking about the so-called obesity epidemic and how those of us who care about food justice and public health should be addressing the problem.

Property and the Remaking of Nature-Society Relations “Step back from that farmer’s market — Guthman shows us that good foods and good eating are ewighing enough. Selected pages Table of Contents.

I was particularly troubled by her skepticism of the value of education in guthamn the problems of our industrialized food system, and by her repeated assertions that people changing their own behavior cannot truly make a difference.

Smart and relevant, a necessary contrast to Michael Pollan and a strong indictment of the notion that raising the cost of food would be a pathway to American health. The first time, I was frustrated with the seemingly fat-positive author and her criticisms of the obesity epidemic.


Mar tuthman, Kelsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: The focus on obesity ignores the myriad other illnesses caused by Author Biography poor quality food, inadequate access to healthcare, and environmental toxins—particularly endocrine disruptive Amy K.

It is the way food is produced that causes the problem. My library Help Advanced Book Search. PaperbackCalifornia Studies in Food and Culture, 32pages. Still, Guthman’s critique of the food system seems much more concise, as she takes a firmer stand against the neoliberalist framework of our country. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Quite frankly, it is the neo-liberal gutbman food economy that got us into the obesity epidemic, and market-based solutions are not going to get all of us out of this mess. On one hand, Guthman applauds the authors of such studies for thinking systemically about the ways race and class map onto obesity.

It is granted access and testifies at government hearings. 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.

Weighing In takes on the “obesity epidemic,” challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. As often is the case for academic writing, pacing and delivery are not the focus, and things can get tedious.

Alternative food systems appear to be here to weigghing, and they exist for reasons that Guthman largely writes off. Coplen is a recent graduate of the Master of Environmental chemicals EDCs guthmsn a variety of synthetic chemicals.

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. Obesogens are environmental toxins that disrupt the endocrine system.

Time to get back to organizing around social and food justice policy, and meaningful reforms in our economy and food system Really good read analyzing the neoliberalism of “health” among other topics. They are used in pesticides, fungicides, and slimicides. Human Rights and Geography: 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. Guthman discussed a lot of things that no other food activist has really brought up yet.


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.

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

Body weight is not directly proportional to health. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. By the end of the book, she seems a juoie conflicted about the latter point, as she acknowledges that we have seen a broad cultural shift in terms of alternative food systems. Remember me on this computer. 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.

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

Putting this hulie back on the to-read shelf because I had to rush through parts. Interesting approach to considering the so-called obesity epidemic.

And the more food alternatives exist, the more viable they become. Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism. Carolina rated it it was ok Dec 04, It’s certainly a provocative and important book that is worthy of a place in public health, nutrition, and food studies to start. Julie Guthman examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent “obesity” are sensible, efficacious, or ethical. The present econ Portion sizes in eating establishments have blown out of proportion.