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Author Guthman, Julie.
Title Weighing in : obesity, food justice, and the limits of capitalism / Julie Guthman.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2011.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  RA645.O23 G88 2011    DUE 11-19-14


Call # RA645.O23 G88 2011
Phys. Description xi, 227 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Series California studies in food and culture ; 32
California studies in food and culture ; 32.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents What's the problem? -- How do we know obesity is a problem? -- Whose problem is obesity? -- Does your neighborhood make you fat? -- Does eating (too much) make you fat? -- Does farm policy make you fat? -- Will fresh, local, organic food make you thin? -- What's capitalism got to do with it? -- What's on the menu?
Summary This book takes on the "obesity epidemic," challenging many widely held assumptions about its causes and consequences. The author examines fatness and its relationship to health outcomes to ask if our efforts to prevent "obesity" are sensible, efficacious, or ethical. 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. She takes issue with the currently touted remedy to obesity, promoting food that is local, organic, and farm fresh. 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. Arguing that ours is a political economy of bulimia, one that promotes consumption while also insisting upon thinness, she offers a complex analysis of our entire economic system.
Local Note J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice request
Subject Obesity -- Social aspects.
ISBN 9780520266247 (cloth : alk. paper)
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