Northwood Nutrition BLOG
Hi! My name is Korrin and I'm a Dietitian and self proclaimed foodie.
I love to cook all kinds of food. I love to work with all kinds of people.
On my blog, I strive to share positive, inspiring stories & nutrition information. In addition to some real life events mixed in. Welcome!
As promised in my post yesterday, I am back today to share my thoughts in regards to cultural foods and the eating disorder field and to share a recipe with you for sourdough pancakes. You may be wondering how in the world the two are related? Read on, my friend. :)
New evidence is emerging as to the cause of eating disorders. Many researchers have documented the link between societal pressure to be thin and the rise of eating disorders as well as a clear genetic predisposition. It is also thought that eating disorders are more prevalent particularly in women of Westernized societies because the pressure to be thin is so pervasive. However, more studies are emerging that show that eating disorders are becoming more common in non-industrialized nations and the gender gap is closing. Perhaps this is due to greater awareness or better diagnostic techniques, but who really knows.
What I find fascinating and have always been curious about is the correlation between large factory farming and the rise in eating disorders. Our culture as a whole has moved away from small family farms to adopt large monoculture productions where people are almost entirely disconnected from their food supply. Granted, so many problems have been on the rise as the global food network has shifted to this model and we know correlation doesn't support causation. Having that said, a part of me just can't shake the idea that if people were exposed to growing, harvesting and preparing food then perhaps it would be easier to have a solid foundation to develop a positive relationship with food.
Take a moment to think about the food culture 50 or even 100 years ago. Ask your parents or grandparents what meals were like in their home growing up. Perhaps they ate together as a family at the dinner table most nights during the week. Maybe they harvested corn at the end of the growing season and the entire family spent time shucking, boiling and processing together. Did you grandmother have a garden or particular seed variety that she loved that grew the most perfect tomatoes? These are all aspects of our past food culture that have mostly been lost. I wonder what the prevalence of eating disorders was in that time? (For more facts if you're curious, you can visit this website.)
When I was growing up, I believe I was exposed to a greater food culture than the average person my age, which may be why I am a dietitian. My mother was, and still is, a great cook. I enjoyed food when I was a kid simply because family dishes were delicious. My parents had curious taste buds and my best friend was Malaysian therefore I was exposed to different kinds of foods that I loved. In my family now, I do my best to pass on these traits to my kids as we build our own food culture. Which brings me to sourdough.
When I met my husband, one of the first things I remember was my mother-in-law talking about her sour dough starter. If I was going to 'stick around' then she was going to give me a jar. Admittedly, I didn't do a very good job of keeping it around the first few years my husband and I were married (sorry!). But now, I get it. This starter was used to make sour dough pancakes every Sunday in her family and has survived for a long, long time. Now I carry on this tradition in our family and I use it to make pancakes and bread.