I feel as if we should have a tag for questions related to hunger, food, and eating. I.e., why do we like certain foods? What is the effect of food on us? How to regulate food intake? etc.

We do have a tag but it feels a bit general to me.

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  • Do people think we need such a tag?
  • If so, what should the tag be?
  • perception is too general I agree, but I will let others propose an actual improvement.
    – Josh
    Aug 22, 2013 at 3:04

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would be the most general in my mind, as it would lasso in animal behaviors as well.

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    Sounds good to me. And we can tag synonym the rest. Aug 25, 2013 at 6:33
  • given the two downvotes and the desire for consensus on meta, I've unselected this as an answer. That said, I think the main thing is to have "a tag" to capture this stuff. If a clear alternative emerges through voting I'll update the tag. Aug 27, 2013 at 11:30
  • "Feeding" or "food and eating" seem good to me. Yes, each human natural biological process or activity should have its tag. Like, sleeping, sexuality, etc...
    – Quidam
    Dec 19, 2016 at 4:24

The problem I see is that this area has basically two aspects: the food and the intake of food. Both lead to different perspectives, some of which have a common field, some of which don't. For example the clinical field of eating related disorders often does not deal with food at all, because the qualities of the food play no role in it. A tag would exclude this area of study. The same is true for the neurocognitive field of how the chemicals in certain foods affect cognitive processes. A tag would be inappropriate for this field of study, because the actual eating lies outside the interest of such questions. But of course food and eating are still related outside such specialized research. So a tag for both eating and food makes perfect sense.

Unfortunately the English language lacks a word that encompasses both aspects, so I would cast my vote for a tag or . There is no misunderstanding in what this tag is about.

Hunger, in my opinion, is a topic on a lower level (like taste, smell, nutritional value, fasting, etc.) and does not need extra mention in the tag name.


I think the main thing is that we have such a tag.

My feeling that of the three (hunger, eating, and food), that a "food" tag would be most appropriate as it is probably the most relevant aspect. Many questions might pertain to the effect or desire for particular foods. Eating is arguably more concerned with the process of consumption, and hunger relates more to the motivation.

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