We all know hunger. It comes over us again and again. It makes us tired or irritable. What happens in the body when we are hungry? What does an empty stomach feel like? What does it mean to be full? When circumstances allow, we eat until we are full, often beyond. But not everyone has this option. Many people have to accept hunger as a permanent condition.
One in ten people worldwide suffers from chronic hunger and one in four lives in food insecurity - they don't know in the morning whether they will be full in the evening. In many places, there is also no money for a balanced diet. Where poverty reigns, many struggle against malnutrition, but others against obesity.
This world of contrasts can be explored in the new exhibition at the museum Mühlerama . The "Hunger Appreciation Station" by Dutch eating designer Marije Vogelzang kicks things off. With extraordinary loudspeakers and an auditory meditation, one's own hunger is explored.
The thematically structured exhibition examines hunger from different perspectives. It presents the latest scientific findings on hunger and satiety mechanisms. It addresses societal and cultural influences on our eating behavior, and discusses voluntary abstinence and wasteful excess. The exhibition also highlights political issues surrounding hunger and food insecurity. With a view to the current world situation, it provides visitors with food for thought and possible solutions for a more sustainable food system.
For more detailed descriptions of the individual chapters, the event program and current blog entries on the topic, visit the website www.hungerausstellung.ch.
We talked in an open round with nutritional psychologist Dr. Erika Toman, head of the Competence Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity Zurich, founding member and long-time president of the Swiss Society for Eating Disorders as well as book author, about eating disorders: about the question of guilt, the fine line between dieting and eating disorders as well as the importance of good communication with the affected persons. The result is an intimate conversation to listen to.
What is personalized nutrition? What role does the microbiome in the gut play? Which foods are ideal for my body? How do my blood sugar levels behave when I exercise?
We discussed these questions with Harris Héritier, Lead Data Science, of the Citizen Study "Food and You" from the Digital Epidemology Lab at EPFL Lausanne.