Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating
11 February 2012-2 December 2012
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Food is fundamental to life. Yet, our eating habits have become incredibly complex, involving many aspects of daily life far beyond addressing simple nutritional needs. The increased consumption of unhealthy food and sedentary lifestyles mean excess weight and obesity now surpass under-nourishment as the world's leading food and nutrition problem. Big Food begins with a startling visual of the amount of food the average American eats and finishes with a challenge for visitors to reflect on their role in personal and community health and the sustainability of our food system. In between it examines behavioral choice in nutrition and exercise as well as the influence of social, environmental, and cultural settings. Using an engaging multi-media and family-friendly approach, visitors will investigate our origins as hunter-gatherers; explore societal pressures such as the progressive growth of portion sizes; tackle media influences on food preferences; and consider serious health consequences that have increased the burden of chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease.
Big Food: Health, Culture and the Evolution of Eating is a collaboration between the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, CARE: Community Alliance for Research and Engagement at the Yale School of Public Health, and the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
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