Grades 7-12, College, Adults
Directed by Arjun Pandey
Produced by tv/e (Television Trust for the Environment)
DVD Purchase $195, Rent $65
US Release Date: 2013
Copyright Date: 2012
DVD ISBN: 1-93777-262-4
Food And Nutrition
Future Food Series|
Fat or Skinny?
The people of India are faced with a choice: indulge in a Western-style fast food diet, or embrace healthy and indigenous alternatives.
Everyday, as India awakes, 1.2 billion people need to be fed. By 2050 it could be 1.7 billion. Half a billion small scale farmers supply most of India's food. Traditionally, Indians have eaten the healthy cuisine of India's 29 states, but as people move to the cities there's a growing demand for fast processed food, the so-called 'junk food' accused of causing obesity and chronic health problems.
Now India is a country on the edge of two possible futures: a future that's well fed and healthy; or a future with Western diets and Western obesity. With so many hungry people to feed, is it possible to eat in ways that are nutritionally and environmentally sustainable? What role do governments have to play in creating economic incentives for sustainable diets?
Other titles in this series are:
1. Old or New? - In Lima, Peru, a new generation of top chefs are cooking with traditional ingredients and supporting traditional livelihoods.
2. Food or Fuel? - Kenyan farmer Moses Shaha journeys through the Tana Delta, where farmers are starting to grow jatropha, a biofuel crop.
3. Big or Small? - What's the best method of growing food for a hungry population of 9.5 billion people: Big, or small?
5. Near or Far? - The Nigerian Minister for Agriculture wants to ensure Nigerians eat food grown in Nigeria.
6. Stay or Go? - Who will grow China's food as young people leave the countryside for the cities?
"Fat or Skinny? takes a complex global issue and presents it in an engaging and accessible way. The interviews with teens and families in India about their own diets in addition to leading international expert talking heads add nuance to the discussion. Malnutrition, both under- and over-caloric in India, is a useful lens for studying the global challenge of improving health in tandem with increasing prosperity."
Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Professor and Program Director, Hospitality Management, Culinary Arts, and Food Science, Drexel University, Co-author, They Eat That? A Cultural Encyclopedia of 'Weird' Foods from Around the World and Food Studies
"Very interesting. Fat or Skinny? emphasizes that obesity does not stand in opposition to malnutrition or undernourishment, but rather is tightly related to them. It tackles an extremely important issue while showing different perspectives and succeeds at presenting a very complex problem in a fascinating way."
Zofia Boni, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, SOAS Centre of Food Studies, University of London
"Very impressive. These films present current problems in global food production and consumption with unstinting clarity. They highlight figures who advocate for indigenous crops without simply turning back the clock or giving in to the Western model of industrial scale agriculture. They propose models which value the local economy and yet think progressively in ways that will help people deal with rising population and increasingly volatile market for foodstuffs. These are thinkers, activists, politicians and farmers who will shape the future of food around the world."
Ken Albala, Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Author, Beans: A History
"All programs are thought-provoking and educational, with a strong emphasis on sustainability, and excellent choices for high school, college, and public library DVD collections."
The Midwest Book Review
"These films put food in a global perspective, pushing the boundaries of discussions about local, artisanal, and organic foods."
Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Food Studies, The New School, Author, Bite Me! Food in Popular Culture, co-Editor, Cultural History of Food
"Fat or Skinny? is a very accessible portrayal of an all-too-familiar problem. Western viewers may be effectively surprised to learn that 'poor' countries suffer from weight issues like 'rich' ones, and they will be forced to ponder the fact that people can be fat and malnourished as surely as they can be skinny and malnourished. Suitable for high school classes and college courses in cultural anthropology, development anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropology of food, and Indian/South Asian studies, as well as for general audiences."
Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database