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

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"A bold, compelling challenge to conventional thinking about obesity and its fixes, Weighing In is one of the most important books on food politics to hit the shelves in a long time." —Susanne Freidberg, author of Fresh: A Perishable History

"Weighing In is filled with counterintuitive surprises that should make us skeptics of all kinds of food -- whether local, fast, slow, junk or health -- but also gives us the practical tools to effectively scrutinize the stale buffet of ...

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Overview


"A bold, compelling challenge to conventional thinking about obesity and its fixes, Weighing In is one of the most important books on food politics to hit the shelves in a long time." —Susanne Freidberg, author of Fresh: A Perishable History

"Weighing In is filled with counterintuitive surprises that should make us skeptics of all kinds of food -- whether local, fast, slow, junk or health -- but also gives us the practical tools to effectively scrutinize the stale buffet of popularly-accepted health wisdom before we digest it." —Paul Robbins, professor of Geography and Development, University of Arizona

"If you liked Michael Pollan, this should be your next read. 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. A self-described Berkeley foodie, Guthman takes on the self-satisfaction of the alternative food movement and places it in rich context, drawing on research in health, economics, labor, agriculture, sociology, and politics. This marvelous, surprising book is a true game-changer in our national conversation about food and justice." —Anna Kirkland, author of Fat Rights: Dilemmas of Difference and Personhood

“This groundbreaking book calls into question the ubiquitous claim that ‘good food’ will solve the social and health dilemmas of today. 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.” —Becky Mansfield, editor of Privatization: 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 not enough. By questioning the fuzzy facts on obesity, the impact of environment, and capitalism's relentless push to consume, Weighing In challenges us to think harder, and better, about what it really takes to be healthy in the modern age." —Carolyn de la Peña, author of Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweetener from Saccharin to Splenda

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"Weighing In is the book that fat studies and critical geographers of fat have been waiting for."--Social & Cultural Geography

"Guthman usefully challenges healthism in obesity research and food movements where consumption eclipses production."--Sociology of Health & Illness

"Guthman usefully challenges healthism in obesity research and food movements where consumption eclipses production."--Sociology of Health & Illness

Social & Cultural Geography - Deborah McPhail

Weighing In is the book that fat studies and critical geographers of fat have been waiting for.”
Sociology Of Health & Illness - Lee F. Monaghan

“Guthman usefully challenges healthism in obesity research and food movements where consumption eclipses production.”
Agriculture and Human Values

"Guthman’s Weighing In is a much-needed critical analysis of the dominant discourse surrounding the so-called ‘‘obesity epidemic.’’
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520266254
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2011
  • Series: California Studies in Food and Culture
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 642,090
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Julie Guthman is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Agrarian Dreams? The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (UC Press)
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