05 Oct '11, 11am

A food studies student rethinks the contemporary debate over morality and diet:

A food studies student rethinks the contemporary debate over morality and diet:

Food Studies features the voices of 11 volunteer student bloggers from a variety of different food- and agriculture-related programs at universities around the world. You can explore the full series here . I don't mean to brag, but this week, I had a particularly awesome reply to the inevitable question about what you actually study in a Food Studies program: "Well, this week, I graphed and analyzed data on organic livestock in New Jersey from 2000 to 2008, read and discussed the history of anorexia nervosa, and styled and photographed an Oktoberfest editorial." Of those three, though, it has been reading Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa , by social historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg, which has (unexpectedly) captured my interest. The book maps out the history of food refusal by women, from saintly religious figures like Catherine of Siena to the anorexia "boom" ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-05-food-studies-rethink...

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