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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Disciplines Sociology Social Problems. Quite frankly, it is the neo-liberal market-based food economy that got us into the obesity epidemic, and market-based solutions are not going to get all o It took me a long while to get jupie this book, but not because it isn’t excellent, interesting, and thought-provoking.

Jan 03, Brandy marked it as to-read Shelves: 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. Mar 08, Kelsey rated it it was amazing Shelves: Whereas Pollan writes from a journalistic perspective, sometimes exploring histories but also relaying experience, Guthman’s tackles the problem from an academic standpoint.

Then they fight you. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Rather than asking for increased regulation of toxics, it allows bad practices and good practices to coexist and the wealthy to purchase relative safety.

Further, Guthman demon- Guthman has us question whether this simplistic energy strates how this conceptualization precludes the discovery balance model explains the recent rise in obesity, pointing of the actual causes of obesity. As they become more prevalent, the people who already supported them come to depend upon them more. She argues against the energy model calories in, calories out and for an explanation rooted in obesogens. 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.


This is no Michael Pollan book — you will need to work or skim to get through it. This book was one of the most interesting and challenging books I’ve read in quite a while. The food industry through its spokesmen and lobbyists claims it is committed to public health. They are used in pesticides, fungicides, and slimicides.

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.

Colette rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Quite frankly, it is the neo-liberal market-based 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. She starts by questioning the very concept of the obesity epidemic, which she describes as a medicalization of fatness.

Guthan treat many of the symptoms, but Guthman is correct in claiming that they do little to address the systemic causes. Nov 02, Krista Aoki rated it really liked it Shelves: They are used in the transportation of both meat and produce. Jan 24, Rachel rated it really liked it. Apr 12, Julia rated it it was amazing.

Mar 18, Jill Lucht rated it it was amazing. However, stopping with Pollan is a definite issue; there is a growing number of scholars truly critiquing the welghing of the food movement and the issues associated with the concepts of food justice and the way the message is produced. 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 guthmman gardens.

It’s definitely made me reassess my biasses towards folks I perceive as unhealthy, and my own privileged life. It will only allow those of us who can afford to get out of the mess to escape the problem. 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 guthmn, whether this is their intention or not.

She is the author of Agrarian Dreams? Time julke get back to organizing around social and food justice policy, and meaningful reforms in our economy and food system Have you ever wanted to stand up and applaud in the middle of the book?


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

PaperbackCalifornia Studies in Food and Culture, 32pages. I think using the food system as context for a dare I say Marxist? By examining nutritional, medical, is, it assumes the cause of the problem i.

After burning out in the land of non-profit farm policy, I became entranced by the market-based juli of alternative food. I’m presenting buthman 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 health education a bit – for example, that built environment interventions are for naught due to the greater influence of socioeconomic status.

Jason Mai rated it it was amazing May 07, She reminds us that there are health risks with being too thin. Ju,ie 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.

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

Alternative food systems appear to be here to stay, and they exist for reasons that Guthman largely writes off. Alissa rated it really liked it Jul 21, She argues in this final chapter that our bodies themselves have become a growth industry in the U. I have appreciated reading several of wegihing articles, julue this book has been a new favorite for me. Weighing In takes on the “obesity epidemic,” challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. The first time, I was frustrated with the seemingly fat-positive author and her criticisms of the obesity epidemic.

Refresh and try again. Arguing that ours is a political economy of bulimia—one weiging promotes consumption while also insisting upon thinness—Guthman offers a complex analysis of our entire economic system.

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On one hand, Guthman applauds the authors of such studies for thinking systemically about the ways race and class map onto obesity.