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.
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)
“It’s Not a Food Desert, It’s Food Apartheid” (Karen Washington)
“Public Health’s Power-Neutral, Fatphobic Obsession with ‘Food Deserts’”(Marquisele Mercedes)
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