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The Psychology of Overeating: Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Cargill, Kima

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ISBN 10: 1472581075 / ISBN 13: 9781472581075
Published by Bloomsbury Academic
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Num Pages: 216 pages, 8 bw illus. BIC Classification: JFCV; MMJ; MMZD. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 158 x 233 x 14. Weight in Grams: 384. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781472581075

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Title: The Psychology of Overeating: Food and the ...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Binding: Soft cover

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The Psychology of Overeating demonstrates that overeating must be understood as part of the wider cultural problem of consumption and materialism. Highlighting modern society's pathological need to consume, Kima Cargill explores how our limitless consumer culture offers an endless array of delicious food as well as easy money whilst obscuring the long-term effects of overconsumption.
The book investigates how developments in food science, branding and marketing have transformed Western diets and how the food industry employs psychology to trick us into eating more and more - and why we let them. Drawing striking parallels between 'Big Food' and 'Big Pharma', Cargill shows how both industries use similar tactics to manufacture desire, resist regulation and convince us that the solution to overconsumption is further consumption. Clinical analyses illustrate how loneliness, depression and lack of purpose help to drive consumption, and how this is attributed to individual failure rather than wider culture.
The first book to introduce a clinical and existential psychology perspective into the field of food studies, Cargill's interdisciplinary approach bridges the gulf between theory and practice. Key reading in food studies, psychology, health and nutrition.

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Kima Cargill is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma, USA.

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