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The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food

Course Summary

This course is based on PSYC 123: The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food, Fall 2008 made available by Yale University: Open Yale under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course encompasses the study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Topics include taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort and friendship, eating as social ritual, and social norms of blame for food problems. The politics of food discusses issues such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and the influence of food and agriculture industries. Also examined are problems such as malnutrition, eating disorders, and the global obesity epidemic; the impact of food advertising aimed at children; poverty and food; and how each individual's eating is affected by the modern environment.

Reading Material

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1. Textbook (Yale) - Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It
Brownell, Kelly D. and Katherine B. Horgen. Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis, and What We Can Do About It. New York: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2004.

2. Textbook (Yale) - In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. New York: The Penguin Press, 2008.

Course Material

1. Reading (Lecture 16): Changing the Landscape of Food and Beverage Advertising (pdf)
Council of Better Business Bureaus. "Changing the Landscape of Food and Beverage Advertising: The Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative in Action: A Progress Report on the First Six Months of Implementation," (July-December, 2007)

2. Reading (Lecture 13): Eating Disorders (pdf)
National Institute of Mental Health. "Eating Disorders." Washington, DC., 2007

Other Resources

1. The Psychology of Food Choice
Richard Shepherd, Monique Raats, The Psychology of Food Choice, Volume 3 Frontiers in nutritional science, Publisher: CABI, 2006, ISBN 9780851990323
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2. Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Marion Nestle, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Volume 3 of California Studies in Food and Culture, Edition 2, Publisher: University of California Press, 2007, ISBN 9780520254039
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3. The politics of food
Marianne E. Lien, Brigitte Nerlich, The politics of food, Publisher: Berg Publishers, 2004, ISBN 9781859738535
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4. The cultural politics of food and eating: A Reader
James L. Watson, Melissa L. Caldwel, The cultural politics of food and eating: A Reader, Volume 8 of Blackwell readers in anthropology, Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, 2005, ISBN 9780631230939
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