The Meaning of Food in Our Lives- A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Eating and Well-Being
Speakers: Paul Rozin, PhD, University of Pennsylvania and Naomi Arbit, MA, MAPP, PhD Candidate, Teachers College
Humans are biologically adapted to their ancestral food environment in which foods were dispersed and energy expenditure was required to obtain them. The modern developed world has a surplus of very accessible, inexpensive food. Amid the enormous variety of different foods are “super” foods, such as chocolate, which are particularly appealing and calorie dense.
Learning Objectives -
1. Understanding the challenges that the modern food environment presents to the human species
2. Comparisons of the different ways France and the USA have adjusted to this challenge, in terms of both the food environment and food attitudes and beliefs
3. Understanding the broad and expanding meanings of food in the modern world: The meaning of food in life (MFL) scale
Paul Rozin received a PhD in biology and psychology at Harvard, under the direction of Jean Mayer. He has been at the University of Pennsylvania for 52 years, currently as Professor of Psychology. He was an editor of the journal, Appetite, for ten years. For about the last 40 years, his main area of study has been human food choice, from biological, psychological and cultural perspectives.
Naomi Arbit is a PhD Candidate in Behavioral Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her PhD advisor is Paul Rozin, at the University of Pennsylvania. Together with Paul, Naomi is studying the moral psychology of food choice and the meaning of food in life. Prior to studying at Columbia, Naomi earned her MA in bioethics from NYU.