Lecture 6 - Culture and the Remarkable Plasticity of Eating (Presentation by Ashley Gearhardt)

author: Kelly D. Brownell, Department of Psychology, Yale University
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Ashley Gearhardt gives a guest presentation about the relationship between food and addiction, and how emerging clinical research suggests that eating maps onto a model of addiction. Professor Kelly Brownell reviews how culture affects eating, from what's acceptable to eat to how to eat it. He reviews cultural differences between the American and French food cultures. He then suggests how American values are changing through recent movements which are concerned with the story of food and the features of food before it is consumed.

Reading assignment:

Mead, Margaret. "The Changing Significance of Food." In Food and Culture: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 11-19

Meigs, Anna. "Food as a Cultural Construction." In Food and Culture: A Reader. New York: Routledge, 1997, pp. 95-106

Rozin, Paul. "The Meaning of Food in Our Lives: A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Eating and Well-Being." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 37, 2 (2005), S107-112

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