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How the Food Industry Uses Psychology to Trick Us (and Why We Let Them)

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill explores the tension between the manipulative, often deceptive practices of the food industry and how our psychological defenses allow us to be led down the path of seduction. While it’s easy...

Hyperpalatable Foods, Hormones, and Addiction

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill argues that the neurological desire and reward provided by hyperpalatable foods converge with the psychological desire and reward of consumerism. Food is a drug which can increase or decrease...

The Regulation of Well-Being: FDA and the Nanny State

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill argues that regulatory agencies such as the FDA and USDA have been defeated by the food and pharmaceutical industries. She further argues that we are complicit in that defeat because the culture...

Food, Money, and Consumer Culture

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill turns her attention more specifically to the food industry, describing developments in food science, branding, and marketing which profoundly changed the composition of the Western diet. She...

Sugar and Sweet

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... by confections, and the regulatory failures which promote the consumption of sugar-sweetened products. In this chapter, Cargill explains why humans have a preference for sweet, examining how the sweetening of the world diet emerged from the West’s...

Conclusion

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In the final chapter, Cargill returns to the central case study of the book, using it to show how global consumer culture is at a crossroads, facing dire public health and environmental consequences. Arguing...

The Bedfellows of Consumer Culture: Big Food and Big Pharma

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill argues that as two of the biggest global industries of consumer culture, Big Food and Big Pharma run similar operations and use many of the same tactics to manufacture desire. The pills of Western...

The Rise of Consumer Culture

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill describes the rise of consumer culture in the industrial West. She argues that consumerism as an economic ideology rests on a sense of cultural superiority which parallels features of the clinical...

Introduction

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Chapter synopsis: In the introductory chapter, Cargill presents the central argument of the book: that overeating is part of a larger cultural problem of materialism and consumption. Using the numerous definitions of consuming...

Binge Eating Disorder, the DSM, and Consumer Culture

Kima Cargill

Kima Cargill is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her research has been published in The Psychoanalytic Review, Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and Food, Culture, and Society journals, and she has contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies and Food for Thought. She has taught in Cuba, Mexico, Asia, and Africa. She teaches clinical psychology at the University of Washington, including a class on the Psychology of Food and Culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Psychology of Overeating : Food and the Culture of Consumerism

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

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...Chapter synopsis: In this chapter, Cargill examines psychiatric diagnoses related to food and overeating, in particular the newly minted Binge Eating Disorder. She argues that in spite of the good that psychology and psychiatry offer,...