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There's a War on Fatness

There's a War on Fatness

Is there social, political, economic, and cultural war being waged on fat bodies? Scholars have argued that fat stigma is contributing to the social and physiological harm of fat people and that this stigma is in fact a central driver of morbidity and mortality at a population level. For FFJ’s second issue, WAR, our editor Zoë brings you another episode of Feminist Food Stories featuring her conversation with two scholars working at the intersection of food studies and fat studies. They discuss the war on “obesity”, its roots, its manifestations in the food movement, and their hopes for fat food justice in the future.

This podcast features writing, research, and sound editing by Zoë Johnson and original music from the Electric Muffin Research Kitchen. You can also listen to it on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.



Read the show transcript here.

Further reading

* Black Food Geographies: Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C. (Ashanté M. Reese)

* Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness (Da’Shaun L. Harrison)

* “Can't Stomach It: How Michael Pollan et al. Made Me Want to Eat Cheetos” (Julie Guthman)

* “The Fallacy of Eating The Way Your Great-Grandmother Ate” (Virginia Sole-Smith)

* Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (Sabrina Strings)

* Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement (Monica White)

* “It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid” (Karen Washington)

* Modern Food, Moral Food: Self-Control, Science, and the Rise of Modern American Eating in the Early Twentieth Century (Helen Zoe Veit)

* “Public Health’s Power-Neutral, Fatphobic Obsession with ‘Food Deserts’”(Marquisele Mercedes)

More activists and scholars to read, learn about, and follow:

* Cat Pausé

* Erica Zurawski

* Lindley Ashline

* Psyche Williams-Forson

* Ragen Chastain

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