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Weight of ObesityHunger and Global Health in Postwar Guatemala$
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Emily Yates-Doerr

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286818

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286818.001.0001

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Disease and Modernities

Disease and Modernities

(p.27) Chapter 1 Disease and Modernities
Weight of Obesity

Emily Yates-Doerr

University of California Press

The chapter outlines how transformations in the global food economy—including technological innovations surrounding food production and cooking, and the expansion of transnational grocery-store chains—connect to the recent social and scientific concerns about obesity. While public-health scientists tend to frame nutritional transitions in linear, teleological terms, the chapter illustrates that this oversimplifies the complex ways in which many Guatemalans experience the changes in their diets. This chapter, which weaves through scientific seminars and recent historical memories of feast and famine, introduces a central theme of my research: Guatemala’s epidemiological transformations also entail changes in ways of knowing and relating to bodies and food.

Keywords:   obesity, epidemiological transition, metabolic Illness, modernity, development, Latin America, Guatemala

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