Journal article

The Micropolitics of Obesity: Materialism, Markets and Food Sovereignty

Nick J Fox, Paul Bissell, Marian Peacock, Joanna Blackburn

SOCIOLOGY-THE JOURNAL OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This article shifts focus from an individualised and anthropocentric perspective on obesity, and uses a new materialist analysis to explore the assemblages of materialities producing fat and slim bodies. We report data from a study of adults’ accounts of food decision-making and practices, investigating circulations of matter and desires that affect the production, distribution, accumulation and dispersal of fat, and disclose a micropolitics of obesity, which affects bodies in both ‘becoming-fat’ and ‘becoming-slim’ assemblages. These assemblages comprise bodies, food, fat, physical environments, food producers and processing industries, supermarkets and other food retailers and outlets, die..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care, Yorkshire and Humber. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health.