Ben Agger

The Epic Food Fight Between Corporations and Americans Who Want to Eat Healthy

When I teach food, ears perk up. My students know every weight-loss diet. They quaff almond milk, calculate their BMIs on their devices, and struggle with food addictions. Body image is gendered, as we have known since Susie Orbach published Fat Is a Feminist Issue in the 1970s. Many women think they are overweight, hence imperfect, while men are happier with themselves, although there is now heightened body consciousness among men, who pursue cut abs and arms. My students applaud at the conclusion of the vegan videoFat, Sick and Nearly Dead and they buy juicers to make green kale shakes that save lives in the film.

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