1st Edition

Queering Nutrition and Dietetics LGBTQ+ Reflections on Food Through Art

Edited By Phillip Joy, Megan Aston Copyright 2023
    292 Pages 33 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 33 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    292 Pages 33 Color & 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents experiences of LGBTQ+ people relating to food, bodies, nutrition, health, wellbeing, and being queer through critical writing and creative art.

    The chapters bring LGBTQ+ voices into the spotlight through arts-based scholarship and contribute to experiential learning, allowing for more understanding of the lives of LGBTQ+ people within the dietetic profession. Divided into three parts, the first explores eating, food, and bodies; the second discusses communities, connections, and celebrations; and the final part covers care in practice. Topics include body image, eating disorders, weight stigma, cooking and culinary journeys, queer food culture, queer practices in nutrition counseling, and gendered understandings of nutrition. Exploring not only experiences of marginalization, homophobia, transphobia, and cisheteronormativity within dietetics and nutritional healthcare, this collection also dives into the positive connections and supportive communities that food can create. Special attention is paid to the intersections of oppression, colonialism, social justice, and politics.

    This book will be beneficial to all health professionals, educators, and students creating and fostering safer, more inclusive, and more accepting environments for their LGBTQ+ clients.

    PART 1 - Eating, Food, and Bodies

    1. Double Visioning: A Two-Spirit Reflection on Food 

    Margaret Robinson

    2. The Unbearable Straightness of Intuitive Eating

    Maxie Castle and Lucy Aphramor

    3. Invisibility – In Visibility: Art-Based Autoethnography of a Bisexual Vegan Woman with Type 1 Diabetes

    Lee Ann Thill

    4. Out of the Closet, Into Some Other Kind of Prison: One Gay Asian Man’s Journey Finding Self-Worth While Navigating Body Image and Eating Disorders

    Jeffrey Sotto

    5. Fermentating Trans Care: Embracing Animacy as a Life-Affirming Alternative to Nutritionism

    Esther Kaner

    6. Thirst Trap

    Fran Lawn

    7. Coming Together over Food: Coalitional Possibilities Surfacing in/through (Un)Healthy Queerness

    Emerson "Kai" Armstrong and Shinsuke Eguchi

    8. Queer(y)ing Foodways: An Agrifood Feminist Killjoy Critique of Narratives Dominating Foodways

    Michaela Hoffelmeyer

    9. Styling Flesh: Queer and Trans Bodies and the Neoliberal Commodification of Health Veganism

    Fergal ó Baoill

    10. How Sociocultural Structures Shape Body Image and Dietary Practices among Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men’s Communities

    Adam W.J. Davies, Dalia El Khoury, Nathan Lachowsky, David J. Brennan, and Ben Klassen

    11. Delicious Queer Bodies

    Deonté Lee

    12. The Impact of the Outsider’s Gaze and Societal Norms around Food and Bodies on Queer Individuals

    Alo Greening

    13. Food has Genders (and Sexualities): Negotiating Foodways, Bodies, Weight, Health, and Identity

    Ramiro Fernandez Unsain, Mariana Dimitrov Ulian, and Fernanda Baeza Scagliusi

    14. My Daily Meal

    Michelle Forrest

    PART 2 - Communities, Connections, and Celebrations

    15. The Eating Test: Notes from a Jewish Lesbian Omnivore

    Bonnie J. Morris

    16. Breaking Out of the Pack: Roller Derby and the Journey to Self-Discovery

    Kaitrin Doll

    17. Social Failure and Personal Best: An Autoethnography of Food and Gender in the Life of a Queer Youth Who Cooks with Vermouth

    Edward Chamberlain

    18. Recipe for a Queer Cookbook

    Alex Ketchum

    19. Girlfriends: A Culinary (Re)collection

    Gunita Gupta

    20. Gender-Reveal Cakes and Transphobia

    L.M. Zoller

    21. Meat Cute 

    Mikhail Collins

    22. Achāri Anecdotes: Exploring Queer Food Cultures in Indian Kitchens

    Anil Pradhan and Andronicus Aden

    23. Not Ready Yet

    Laura Bockus-Thorne

    24. Food, Consumption, and Queer Subjectivity in Contemporary American Cinema

    Megan L. Wilson

    25. Have You Eaten Today?

    David Ng and Jen Sungshine

    26. Food as Cultural and Body Shame: Experiences of an Ethnic Sexual Minority Emerging Adult

    Enoch Leung

    27. Turning Over a New Leaf: Uncovering Gay Identity Alongside a Vegan Journey

    Julia Russell 

    PART 3 - From the Front Lines: Queer Care in Practice

    28. The Cerberus Helmet Project: Feast of Wisdom

    Lynette A. Peters

    29. Fairy Tales: Fables from BC Dietitians

    Gordon Ly, Jon Leung, Peter Lam, Gerry Kasten, Treena Hansen, Shelly Crack, Anna Brisco, and Marissa Alexander

    30. Still Dreaming After All These Years that Dietetics Be (Made) Relevant

    Jacqui Gingras and Lucy Aphramor

    31. Being Trans in Dietetics: A Step in the Movement towards Trans and Queer Liberation through Collaborative Conversation  

    Kathryn Fraser, Nat Quathamer, and Marin Whebby

    32. Light of a New Day

    Fabien Lutz-Barabé

    33. How Recovering from an Eating Disorder Made Me Queer

    Kesley Moran

    34. Nutrition in Chemsex

    Jason Simpson-Theobald 

    35. Ace(ing) ED

    Mikey Anderson

    36. "Going from Invisible to Visible": Challenging the "Normal" Ranges, Cut-Offs, and Labels Used to Describe the Sizes and Shapes of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Bodies

    Whitney Linsenmeyer and Melik D.H. Coffey

    37.  A Case Study Exploring Relations Between Creativity, Queering and Undoing Coloniality in Dietetic Theory

    Lucy Aphramor







    Phillip Joy is an assistant professor at Mount Saint Vincent University. His research focuses on queer nutrition and health. He is the co-editor for Rainbow Reflections: Body Image Comics for Queer Men.

    Megan Aston is a professor and the associate director of Research and International Affairs at Dalhousie University in the School of Nursing. She teaches and researches in the areas of social justice, community, family, and perinatal health.