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Weight of Obesity: Hunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala

Emily Yates-Doerr


As death rates from heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes in Latin America escalate, global health interventions increasingly emphasize healthy eating, exercise, and weight loss. This book 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 ... More

Keywords: obesity, global health, anthropology, hunger, value, metabolism, calculation, nutrition education, Guatemala

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286818
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Yates-Doerr, author
University of Amsterdam