Agriculture and Human Values

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 527–528 | Cite as

Charlotte Biltekoff: Eating right in America—the cultural politics of food and health

Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2013, 224 pp, ISBN: 978-0-8223-5559-5
  • Dory KornfeldEmail author

In an article about Mayor Bloomberg’s court-challenged soda size limit—popularly known as the soda ban—on the food politics blog Civil Eats, Maureen Beach (2013) of the American Beverage Association posted the following comment: “Government regulation is the wrong approach to the obesity challenge. Education is the only effective tool. Education about balancing calories with physical activity will do more for fighting obesity than a new law that restricts consumer choice and hurts small businesses.” Here, “education” is invoked as a neutral and apolitical activity; in Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health, Charlotte Biltekoff shows that nutrition education is, and always has been, anything but.

In this book, Biltekoff presents four distinct nutrition education movements in the United States’ past and present: the “modern dietary reform” movement of the late 19th century, when the science of nutrition made it possible to quantitatively measure nutrients and...


  1. Beach, M. (2013). Comment posted June 14, 2013. In K. Wartman (blogger), Bloomberg vs Beyoncé: The Real Dilemma with NYC’s Soda Ban. Civil Eats. Accessed 1 May 2014.
  2. Cook, Christopher D. 2013. Nutrition Inc. The Progressive.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GSAPPColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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