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SOC 115 - The Consequences of Eating: Sociology of Health


(3 Credits)
Pink sludge, salmonella in lettuce, beef recalls, e. Coli, Type 2 Diabetes, and an obesity epidemic. Every day the news is littered with stories about food and health. Food is something that we cannot avoid; it is an essential part of our daily living. Due to a lack of education and awareness on the consumer side, coupled with a unique mentality of producing food on the manufacturing side, food consumption has now become not just part of our living, but part of our dying. This course looks at the political, economic, cultural, and social phenomena that have morphed our diet into an unhealthy, and highly processed one. Societal costs will be discussed, as well as personal consequences. This course will not only explore the food industry, government regulation, and legislation related to food availability, there will also be a lot of material related to nutrition and personal health. By the end of this course, you should understand a lot more about where your food comes from, and why, as well as how foods impact your health, and understanding what it means to be healthy. Total of 45 contact hours.



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