You Are What You Eat
(10) You Are What You Eat - Julie Heck, Department of Biology
With obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases on the rise in the U.S. and many other parts of the world, clearly our food culture is in crisis. In this seminar we will explore various factors underlying our collective inability to eat healthy food, as well as other issues relating to food choice. How do evolution and biology shape our nutritional needs and wants? How do culture and religion shape our attitudes towards food and meal sharing? How do poverty and other factors limit access to food? What roles do governments and food producers have in determining our food choices, and what should their responsibilities be? Materials to focus our discussions of these and related issues may include Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food and Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat, articles from the New York Times and other popular media, and documentary films.