What if ‘food noise’ is just…hunger?

The concept of “food noise” is now ubiquitous on social media, writes Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences, in a New York Times opinion piece. Coined to name the experience of thinking about or longing for food, Manne writes, “food noise” is a rebrand of some of the most basic human drives: hunger, appetite, craving – and she argues that we should resist this reframing.

“When we are hungry, our bodies tell us to eat, almost literally, issuing cries and calls and pleas that constitute bodily imperatives,” Manne writes in the piece. “We silence or ignore that inner voice of need at the expense of accepting our animal nature — and with it, our humanness.”

Read the story in the New York Times.

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