Food and Culture


Foodand Culture

Forum6: Childhood obesity as well as ADHD has been blamed on artificialadditives. Choose one of these issues and present a reputable[non-industry, non-advocacy] source on the subject.&nbsp

Foodadditives usually include artificial sweeteners, preservatives andartificial colors. Some studies have indicated that certainartificial additives and preservatives have the capacity ofincreasing hyperactive behavior in kids. A study conducted by theUnited Kingdom’s Food Standards Agency in 2007 indicated thatconsuming foods that contain additives have the capacity ofincreasing hyperactive behavior in kids. In the study, kids of 9, 8,and 3 years were offered three different kinds of beverages that wereto drink and their behavior evaluated (Hersey, 2010). The studyindicated that beverages containing additives increased hyperactivebehavior amid the kids. This concluded that artificial additives havethe capacity of affecting the behavior of kids (Hersey, 2010). Thenumber of kids having ADHD is on the increase as a result of theincreased consumption of foods having artificial additives. Anotherstudy that indicates that there is a relationship between artificialadditives and ADHD is the Lancet.The Lancetindicates that the intake of food substances that have artificialadditives is likely to cause hyperactivity in kids.


Hersey,J. (2010). ADHDIncrease Linked to Nutritional Factors.ICPA, Advancing the Family Wellness Lifestyle.

Forum7: Consider what has created the adult obesity problem in the USwhat have sociologists discovered about trends in income, gender,race, inequality levels, changes in social institutions and theircontrol over food and how it is portrayed, in creating the adultobesity statistics. [Off the cuff, unsubstantiated opinions are notappropriate.] What is the impact of the multi-billion-dollar dietindustry on the problem? Are diet companies reducing obesity figuressignificantly? Do you think it will or can? Why or why not?

Theobesity problem in America has been created by poor nutrition andlack of exercises. Most of the American adults consume fast foodsbecause it is either readily available, or they do not have time tocook. Besides, most the adults do not do physical exercises whichlead to overweight a risk factor for obesity. An increase in incomeamong the Americans leads to a decrease in the rate of obesity(Finkelstein&amp Zuckerman, 2013). This is because as individuals get highincomes, they watch their nutrients intake. This reduces the rate ofobesity. The trend in gender indicates that women are more exposed tothe problem of obesity than men because they exercise less comparedto men and consume a lot of junk foods. On the issue of race, blacksare likely to have the problem of obesity more than the whites.Inequality levels indicate that individuals that are poor are moreexposed to the problem of obesity compared to the affluentindividuals. This is because the poor do not watch their nutritiondue to lack of resources. On the other hand, as social institutionstake control over food and create obesity statistics, the rates ofobesity has decreased (Finkelstein&amp Zuckerman, 2013). The multibillion-dollar diet industry hasresulted in an increase of the problem rather than decreasing theproblem because the diet proposed does not eliminate the problem. Thediet companies are not reducing the obesity figures significantlybecause most of them are just in business of making profits. I thinkthe problem can be reduced through people changing their lifestyles,which can be supported by social institutions.


Finkelstein,E. A., &amp Zuckerman, L. (2013).&nbspThefattening of america: How the economy makes us fat, if it matters,and what to do about it.Hoboken, N.J: Wiley.

Forum8: Does the concern of the cultural identity activists seem lesscompelling if the Fusion Cuisine incorporated elements from aneighboring, non-colonial culture, like Vietnamese cuisine withLaotian elements or Salvadoran dishes with Mexican elements? Does the&quothomogenization&quot or &quotcultural colonialism&quotarguments seem less compelling?&nbsp

Foodis an exceedingly vital aspect that helps in identifying withdifferent cultures. Every person desires to identify with the foodthat helps him/her to connect with his/her culture. When individualsvisit new places, although they are eager to learn the culture of thepeople living in the new place through different things such as food,they are always eager to associate with their food since itidentifies with their culture (Civitello,2008). In the age of globalization, fusion cuisine is exceedinglycommon, where cuisine combines elements from various culinarytraditions. This is critical in ensuring that people learn ofdifferent cultures through food. This multicultural practice isperceived significant for the coexistence of cultures. In case fusioncuisine incorporates elements from a neighboring, non-colonialculture, there is no problem since the elements included will beunderstood from the non-colonial culture. There is no need of puttingaway or diminishing a neighboring culture because it is non-colonial.It is always good to consider the idea of fusion cuisine since ithelps in bringing different cultures together (Civitello,2008). Therefore, the concern of the cultural identity activists ofcultural colonialism seems less compelling.


Civitello,L. (2008).&nbspCuisineand culture: A history of food and people.Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley.