Lecture 1 - Introduction: What We Eat, Why We Eat and the Key Role of Food in Modern Life

The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food

Yale

Professor Brownell gives an overview of the course agenda. The psychological issues of food are introduced, such as who defines food, what promotes health, and how the food industry contributes to both debates. The biological issues that will be discussed include how people's hard-wired preferences interact with a modern food environment. The political issues of the class will integrate food production, consumption, marketing, and world politics, with discussion of potential interventions for changing food preferences and food intake patterns in society.

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