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Author Yates-Doerr, Emily, 1978- author

Title The weight of obesity : hunger and global health in postwar Guatemala / Emily Yates-Doerr
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Series California studies in food and culture ; 57
California studies in food and culture ; 57
Contents Introduction : the richness of eating -- Disease of modernities -- Nutritional black-boxing -- Care of the social -- Contemporary body counts -- Bodies in balance -- Many values of health -- Conclusion : the opposite of obesity : re-forming the body in global health
Summary A woman with hypertension refuses vegetables. A man with diabetes adds iron-fortified sugar to his coffee. As death rates from heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes in Latin America escalate, global health interventions increasingly emphasize nutrition, exercise, and weight loss-but much goes awry as ideas move from policy boardrooms and clinics into everyday life. Based on years of intensive fieldwork, The Weight of Obesity offers poignant stories of how obesity is lived and experienced by Guatemalans who have recently found their diets-and their bodies-radically transformed. Anthropologist Emily Yates-Doerr challenges the widespread view that health can be measured in calories and pounds, offering an innovative understanding of what it means to be healthy in postcolonial Latin America. Through vivid descriptions of how people reject global standards and embrace fatness as desirable, this book interferes with contemporary biomedicine, adding depth to how we theorize structural violence. It is essential reading for anyone who cares about the politics of healthy eating
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Obesity -- psychology.
Diet -- psychology.
Feeding Behavior -- psychology.
Nutrition Policy.
Obesity -- prevention & control.
Diet -- Guatemala.
Food consumption -- Guatemala.
Food habits -- Guatemala.
Obesity -- Social aspects -- Guatemala.
Obesity -- Guatemala.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520961900 (electronic bk.)
9780520961906 (electronic bk.)