Food Matters: Biopsychosocial Perspectives

Editor : Salman Akhtar, Editor : Nina Savelle-Rocklin

Food Matters: Biopsychosocial Perspectives

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : September 2023
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 240
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  • Catalogue No : 97105
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132023
  • ISBN 10 : 9781800132

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Food matters because food is essential to sustain life, and food matters are complex and wide-ranging, encompassing the symbolic as well as the practical. The rich discussions of the relationship between food and health, illness, sexuality, aggression, narcissism, morality, money, immigration, and movies present fresh ideas and pertinent vignettes that will be useful for all practising clinicians.

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'This collection of highly original and illuminating papers on the pivotal, though neglected, role of food and eating in our emotional and cultural lives fills a void in our field. Its clinical insights and rich storytelling will enlarge the scope of therapists’ attunement to patients, with great benefit to each member of the dyad. I enthusiastically recommend Food Matters to the practitioners of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis at all levels of experience. It is a sumptuous feast indeed.'
Kathryn Zerbe, MD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Oregon Psychoanalytic Center and author of The Body Betrayed and Beyond the Body Betrayed

'Like music, food is with us always and everywhere. We enjoy it, prepare it, crave it, devour it, avoid it, clean it, love it, despise it, and above all, need it for our survival. Food can make us happy and desperate, proud and ashamed, hopeful and nostalgic. Despite such profound reverberations, the topic of food has somehow remained marginal in psychoanalysis. Now, this thoughtfully edited volume by Salman Akhtar and Nina Savelle-Rocklin brings to us a nuanced biopsychosocial understanding of our relationship with food. The book’s message is loud and clear: food matters.'
Aleksandar Dimitrijević, PhD Lecturer, International Psychoanalytic University, Berlin and co-editor of From the Abyss of Loneliness to the Bliss of Solitude

'From our earliest attachment phase, sights, smells, and tastes of food get intertwined with psychophysical development, mirroring, sustenance, and growth. This edited volume offers a remarkable exploration of such “food matters” across weaning, bulimia, self-starvation, cultural patterns of cooking and eating, medical illness, and other essential and imaginary territories linking food and mind. It is an exceptional contribution!'
Jaswant Guzder, MD, Psychoanalyst and Artist, Former Director of Child Psychiatry at Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

Table of Contents

About the editors and contributors

Part I: Mostly biology
1. Food and health
Kelsey Leon

2. Food and illness
Julian Stern

Part II: Mostly psychology
3. Food and sexuality
Surreya Iscan and Cuneyt Iscan

4. Food and aggression
Nina Savelle-Rocklin

5. Food and narcissism
Asmita Sharma and Prachi Akhavi

6. Food and morality
Clara Mucci

Part III: Mostly sociology
7. Food and money
Alan Michael Karbelnig

8. Food and immigration
Salman Akhtar

9. Food and movies
Thomas Wolman


About the Editor(s)

Salman Akhtar, MD, was born in India and completed his medical and psychiatric education there. Upon arriving in the USA in 1973, he repeated his psychiatric training at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and then obtained psychoanalytic training from the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute. Currently, he is Professor of Psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and a training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He has authored, edited or co-edited more than 300 publications including books on psychiatry and psychoanalysis and several collections of poetry. He is also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar received the Sigourney Award in 2012.

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Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D. is a Los Angeles-based psychoanalyst specialising in eating disorders. She is the author of Food for Thought: Perspectives on Eating Disorders and The Binge Cure: 7 Steps to Outsmart Emotional Eating. She also co-edited (with Salman Akhtar) Beyond the Primal Addiction. She has written articles and book chapters on binge eating, bulimia, and mistrust as it pertains to eating disorders, as well as on the origins and fundamentals of psychoanalysis. She is regularly featured in podcasts, radio shows, print media, and online summits throughout the globe. She hosts The Dr. Nina Show radio program on LA Talk Radio. Her TEDx talk is ‘Why Binge Eating is NOT about Food’.

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