Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Eating, Feeding, and Disability

  • Elaine Gerber
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_40-2



This entry addresses “disability,” both as a medical condition and as a social construction. In addressing disability as a medical phenomenon, the following topics are covered: malnutrition; obesity; GMOs, environmental toxins, and impairment; disability as an input; and food security and an underreporting of disability. The second section focuses on disability as a social construction and addresses the following topics: food choice, independence, and autonomy (including feeding tubes, assisted eating, and food choice); power and abuse; and food acquisition and access (including mobility impairment, identity, and inclusion). As the topic of disability is relatively understudied within food scholarship, the summary emphasizes directions for future research.


Traditional notions of disability frame it as a medical phenomenon located in an individual’s body, and measures often define...


Food Security Food Insecurity Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fair Trade Motor Impairment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyMontclair State UniversityMontclairUSA