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The China Study
Transcript of The China Study
“...the first and second generation Americans from Asia, the ones who ate more traditional, Asian staple diets of rice and vegetables, were trim, fit and not afflicted with the chronic diseases that plagued John’s other patients. The third and fourth generation Asian Americans, however, had fully adopted America’s eating habits and suffered from obesity, diabetes and the whole host of other chronic diseases.” (Campbell, p. 330)
Birth Place: Mumbai, India
Work: Women's Studies Department Chair at Syracuse University
Theorist: Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist
"In India, unlike most countries, the sex ratio has declined since the early 1900s. According to the 1991 census, the ratio was 929 women to 1,000 men, one of the lowest sex ratios in the world. Women produce 70 to 80 percent of all the food in India and have always been the hardest hit by environmental degradation and poverty." (Mohanty, p. 133)
“A cultural bias had become firmly entrenched. If you were civilized, you ate plenty of protein. If you were rich, you ate meat, and if you were poor, you ate staple plant foods, like potatoes and bread. The lower classes were considered by some to be lazy and inept as a result of not eating enough meat, or protein. Elitism and arrogance dominated much of the burgeoning field of nutrition in the nineteenth century. The entire concept that bigger is better, more civilized and perhaps even more spiritual permeated every thought about protein.” (Campbell, p. 29)
Do you believe that cultural assimilation affects ones diet?
What actions could the US government take to influence a healthier American?
Do you think that living in a region for a period of time can affect your diet?
Do you have any related personal
“My journey in science over the past forty-five years has convinced me that it is now more urgent than ever to show how people can avoid these tragedies. The science is there and it must be made known. We cannot let the status quo go unchallenged and watch our loved ones suffer unnecessarily. It is time to stand up, clear the air and take control of our health.” (Campbell, p. 25)
Super Size Me
"When these diseases were cross-listed in a way that allowed every disease rate to be compared with every other disease rate, two groups of diseases emerged: those typically found in more economically developed areas (disease of affluence) and those typically found in rural agricultural areas (diseases of poverty)." (Campbell, p.76)
"...Women often pay a price for daring to claim the integrity, the security, and safety of our bodies and our living spaces... Thus, while feminist ideas and movements may have grown and matured, the back lash and challenges to feminism have also grown exponentially." (Mohanty, p. 1-3)
It Goes Both Ways
Do you think there can be a middle ground?
How can we try to work past the double-edged sword effect?