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Weight of Obesity : Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala (Hardcover) (Emily Yates-doerr)
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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 lossbut 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 dietsand their bodiesradically 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.
As death rates from heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes in Latin America escalate, global health interventions increasingly emphasize healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss. The Weight of Obesity explores how scientific descriptions of body weight are translated from policy boardrooms, clinics, and classrooms into everyday life. It is one of few attempts to ethnographically study the emergence of obesity as a social fact, describing what obesity means for people who have been diagnosed as obese and how they respond to protocols of treatment. Whereas scientific and epidemiological projects have analyzed global obesity using population-level statistics, Emily Yates-Doerr takes an anthropological approach, studying how obesity is lived and experienced by those who have recently found their dietsand their weightradically transformed. The stories included illustrate how information about obesity in Guatemala?s postwar, postcolonial landscape is changing how people know their bodies and organize their lives.
Number of Pages: 225
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / General
Series Title: California Studies in Food and Culture
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Emily Yates-doerr
Street Date: September 22, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8445