Feeding is not only a physical, but also psychological need. In fact, since we were born, it acts as a go-between with us and the world: when a caregiver's figure nurses a baby, he or she receives at the same time his or her human warmth. The primary need of food, if not combined with the basic need of warmth, is not enough, as Object Relations Theory as shown. By feeding a baby, we can enter into an intimate, deep attachment, that will play a crucial role for his or her capacity of loving him or herself. Receiving food is linked with the emotions of satisfaction, rage and fear, that can change our relation with food in general, even till the extreme case of a total refusal of it. Sometimes we use the word "food/feeding" in a metaphorical sense: for instance, we say "food for the soul" or "brain food" or "feeding the spirit", and so on. This suggests that, as our body has to be well fed, so our mind and soul need their own "food". Our body can become anorexic as well as our soul and mind can fall ill with a sort of mental anorexia or bulimia. So we believe that we can prevent these diseases in adolescents with low self-esteem through a correct use of words: words that nourish.
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As many films have shown, sharing food is at the center of social life and human communication. For instance, in the movie "The Help", that is set in Jackson (Mississippi) during racial segregation, white people don't admit at their table black nannies (even though they grow their children, as a matter of fact). Only Mrs Celia Foote (Jessica Chastain) treats black nanny Minny (Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer) with equanimity as a friend, and has lunch with her at then same table every day in the kitchen where her housemaid is teaching her to cook day by day. At the beginning, Minny refuses to be treated as equal, because she has interiorized these limits imposed by racism. The cooking lessons, creativity, making things together, the reciprocal confidences and, last but not least, eating together, will found their reciprocal knowledge and friendship and at the end Minny will become a member of the Foote family. In Spanish comedy movie "Reinas" we see a group of mothers who, due to the sudden cooks' strike, decides to cook all the night before the wedding banquet of their gay sons. Sharing good food is also a central moment of our initiative as a moment of sharing and feast for us as a civil society: the buffet is an integral part of our event because it makes possible the occasion of making reciprocal acquaintance among those people who want to get engaged to create social initiatives together.