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America’s Fractured Relationship with Food

Americans have a long history of worrying about what to eat. While many factors have shaped our food habits, Sarah Ash, Ph.D., will argue that the food guidance we have received over the years is a significant cause of our fads and phobias.

Published onAug 11, 2022
America’s Fractured Relationship with Food
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Abstract

Americans have a long history of worrying about what to eat. While many factors have shaped our food habits, Sarah Ash, Ph.D., will argue that the food guidance we have received over the years is a significant cause of our fads and phobias. This  guidance is best characterized by the adage that one should eat to live, not live to eat, which had its origins in a distaste for sex, a belief in science and a fear of foreigners.

Ash began at NC State in 1989, and has taught over 1,000 students a year in classes from introductory nutrition to nutrition and chronic diseases and U.S. food history. Her scholarly work examined best practices in critical reflection associated with experiential learning, like service learning. She received numerous teaching awards including the UNC System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, the NC State Alumni Distinguished Professor Award and the USDA Food and Agriculture Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award. Semi-retired, she now advises NC State students in the nutrition major and helps out with curriculum development. In her spare time, she loves to cook, walk her dog in Umstead Park, and dig in the dirt (aka gardening).

America’s Fractured Relationship with Food (Sarah Ash)

This podcast was originally produced for an audience of entering first-year and transfer students at NC State University as a part of an interdisciplinary experience. It is available for noncommercial reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 License, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

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