We Live What We Eat

Material Beliefs

15 November 2008

Susana Soares, with Thomas Kirkwood, João Passos, Dianne Ford and Luisa Wakeling, Newcastle University

Studies have demonstrated the benefits of caloric restriction on lifespan. Eating a nutritionally balanced diet, low in calories, is known to slow the biological ageing process in mammals, helping them to live longer and healthier lives. In humans, calorie restriction has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Previous successful trials led recently to a study in humans, to better understand the effects of food restriction. Individuals have independently adopted the practice of calorie restriction in some form, hoping to achieve the expected benefits themselves. These approaches have led to debate within the scientific community about public perception and appropriation of scientific research. We Live What We Eat reinterprets these tensions through tableware and palate enhancing utensils to contrive new interactions at mealtimes, which affect our eating habits.