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Orthorexia

Questions


What is ‘orthorexia’? Do you recognise this as a contemporary malaise? Give examples.

Does the clean eating ethos mean that people are absolved of the ‘need to do anything else beyond selecting products for purchase’ (Charlotte Biltekoff), or does it encourage critical thinking about the food system?

Is a concern for healthy eating just another form of consumerism, or is part of a radical critique of what Michael Pollan called the ‘nutritional industrial complex’?


Readings
FIRST Use the internet to explore the emergence of the concept of ‘orthorexia’.

Barry, Wendall, ‘The Pleasures of Eating’, What Are People For? Essays (Berkeley, 2010).

Belasco, Warren, ‘Food and the Counterculture: A Story of Bread and Politics’, Food in Global History, ed. Raymond Grew (Boulder, 1999).
Biltekoff, Charlotte, Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health (Durham, 2013), Chapter 4: 'From Microscopes to 'Macroscopes''.*

Bratman, Steven, Orthorexia.

Coveney, John, Food, Morals and Meaning: The Pleasure and Anxiety of Eating (London, 2000), Introduction.
Levenstein, Harvey, Fear of Food: The History of Why We Worry About What We Eat (Chicago, 2012).
Pollan, Michael, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (London, 2006).

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To Learn More

Belasco, Warren, Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took On the Food Industry (Ithaca, 2006).