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Term Paper - Gender & Food: Eating Habits (2)

To continue with the extracts with important gender related information concerning food I want to show you my chapter about the eating habits. At first, there is a little definition about what these eating habits are and how the look like.

The eating habits can be divided up in different subchapters such as why are we eating, what kinds of food, where and how long. These were the four subthemes in which I divided the mainchapter of the eatinh habits.

The expression eating habits refers to the reason why and what kinds of food people eat, where, how and with whom they eat as well as the handling of food in general. These eating habits are influenced by many different factors like e.g. cultural, social, religious, individual, environmental and economic factors. Even political aspects are able to influence what, which whom or where people eat or don’t eat, for instance as a sign of protest or something like this.
So to sum up in the term of eating habits much information is given about a person. That’s why these habits show that much of the personal identity and therefore of course also the gender of the people.

Especially the differences concerning gender were clarified. It exist various differences in the nutrition of men and women, so for instance do men and women have different reasons why they eat at all, apart from dealing with hunger of course.

This is what the the first subchapter is about: What are the reasons for eating without any hunger?

As already known do people in the western society often eat although it is not necessary.  So the aspect of ingestion is not relevant.
The reasons for this behavior are manifold: So as mentioned in the chapter of the meaning of food, usually people of both genders eat something what is specially made for them, exemplarily a cake made for the mother’s day or for the girlfriend or something similar.
But there are also some differences existing in regard to this subject. On the one side, women often leave out meals at home or at work, but on the other side eat because of the fact that someone else made the food so they had not to do it. Besides, women eat more often due to the sense of belonging to a group, for example at a hen party where a feeling of togetherness is given by sitting and eating in common.  Comparatively to men, the last point is rather regarded to drink a beer together with a few mates than to eat something with them. Men stop more than women with eating something up, they usually don’t care if their plate is empty or not (except older men who e.g. know the famines times after/during war). Women in contrast rather care about that no food gets wasted what surely is affected by the aspect that in most cases women are responsible for preparing the food. They want their efforts to be respected and do not want the feeling that their work gets wasted.

To the reasons why men eat there counts also the point scientists of the German institute for nourishment found out: namely that eating lifts the mood of the men more than it is the case on the part of the women. Matter therefore is that men see well prepared food as a kind of reward for hard working, as a reparation for the daily trouble or stress at work.

8.6.11 17:17

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