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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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.

I found this distinction incredibly useful. What we need, Guthman argues, is not will power but the will to power.

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I thought Guthman’s academic analysis of food systems in relation to capitalism were well-researched, and thus compelling. Disciplines Sociology Social Problems. They treat many of the symptoms, but Guthman is correct in claiming that they do little to address the systemic causes.

Ashley rated it really liked it Jan 03, She discusses the shortcomings associated with using BMI as a proxy ju,ie body fat and questions the links between being overweight and being unhealthy.

She reminds us that there are health risks with being too thin. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I don’t think it will be possible for me to view anything anymore except through this new lens that Guthman has so eloquently constructed. Modern technology made food cheaper and physical activity less needed.

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Guthman takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity–promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh.

Then they fight you. Fairly dry at times, and could have used some solutions to round out the arguments. This is the crux of her argument that what we need is not different consumer choices but stronger state regulation of food production. Alternative food systems appear to be here to stay, and ih exist for reasons that Guthman largely writes off. The penultimate chapter of the book asks if local and organic food will make us thin. Guthman takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity—promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh.

They are in the two most common additives. The food industry through its spokesmen and lobbyists claims it is committed to public health. Jul 27, Laurie rated it it was amazing.

Books by Julie Guthman. We read obesity as a sign of certain kinds of failings in a capitalist state such as lack of self-discipline and laziness. Guuthman think using the food system as context for a dare I say Marxist? She also focuses the lens of Their analysis of the qeighing system and its political history complement each other, and I think it would do anyone very well to get a basic framework of the current status of the food system for Pollan.

If gughman 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. Guthman will undercut just about every answer you gutjman you have.

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. 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.


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

She is the author of Agrarian Dreams? 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 Jjulie. Jun 15, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: To put a stop to growing obesity it is necessary to change the economics of food. And everyone stands to lose, Gutman argues, both from our current food system, which is polluting the environ- ment and our bodies in ways we gutnman only beginning to understand, and from our obsession with obesity.

Preview — Weighing In by Julie Guthman. Trivia About Weighing In: Log In Sign Up. 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 writes that consumer appetites do not drive the food system 8but they do drive the alternative food system, to some extent. Margaret rated it really liked it Feb 08, May 21, Susie is currently reading it.

Jan 03, Brandy marked it as to-read Shelves: Return to Book Page.