Do We Have a Global Eating Disorder?

gedRead the recent review by Grace Gershuny) about Gunnar Rundgren’s book ‘Global Eating Disorder’ that discusses how we move toward diverse, locally appropriate systems that create equity and the health of people and the environment. 

She describes how Rundgren takes the reader through “a metaphorical menu that encompasses the ecological and economic dimensions of each course, and serves up the associated historical, political, and cultural considerations with relish.”

This review attracted my interest because a team of faculty designing a class called “Introduction to Sustainable Food Systems” to introduce students to College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois had discussed using meals as a way to organize the class.  It would be very interesting for students taking ACES 102 to read this book and see if the course leads them to agree with Gershuny who, after reading the book, concludes that “the way most food in today’s globalized and industrial food system is produced, manufactured, transported, and marketed is creating poor health among the humans who consume it as well as the planetary ecosystems that sustain us all.”