Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 4, Fall

A Measure of Hunger
Researchers in the Division of Nutritional Sciences have worked since the mid-80s to define hunger and measure the extent of it. Using the term "food insecurity" to talk about hunger in this country, they have devised a system for quantifying it. The...
Good. but Good for You?
Our food choices are influenced by a variety of factors. Knowing why we eat what we do can help nutritionists develop better strategies to help people adopt healthful eating practices. Think about it for a moment. Have your eating habits changed over...
In the Eye of the Beholder
Attitudes toward obesity and fatness vary from culture to culture. In the United States, thin is in. Fatness remains a stigmatized condition that can negatively affect opportunities for education, employment, housing, and even dating and marriage. The...
Pregnancy and Weight: Gain or Maintain?
Nutritional researchers are investigating the role of psychological, social, and behavioral factors that make it difficult for women to take off extra weight gained during pregnancy. Whether pregnant or not, no woman wants to face what some consider...
Prime-Time Nutrition
We are what we eat. But do we eat what we watch? Many people feel that television programs exert a powerful influence on our food choices. Economist Alan Mathios has found that the message we're getting is better than might be expected. It should have...