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Adele H Hite

Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media

Biography

Adele Hite is a PhD. candidate in communication, rhetoric, and digital media at North Carolina State University.  She is also a registered dietitian with a background in nutritional epidemiology, as well as master’s degrees in public health nutrition and English. Her work encompasses rhetorical and cultural studies of food politics, nutrition science, and public health. 

Publications

Hite, A.H. (in press). Beyond ‘good nutrition’: The ethical implications of public health nutrition policy. In A.B. Hoflund, M. Pautz, & J. Jones (Eds.), The intersection of food and public health: Examining current challenges and solutions in policy and politics.

Cohen, E., Cragg, M., deFonseka, J., Hite A.H., Rosenberg M., & Zhou, B. (2015). Statistical review of US macronutrient consumption data, 1965-2011: Americans have been following dietary guidelines, coincident with the rise in obesity. Nutrition, 31, 727-732. 

Broad, G. & Hite A.H. (2014). Nutrition troubles.  Gastronomica, 14(3), 5-16. 

Hayes-Conroy, J., Hite, A.H., Klein, K., Biltekoff, C., & Kimura, A.  (2014).  Doing nutrition differently.  Gastronomica, 14(3), 56-66.

Hite, A. H., Berkowitz, V.G., & Berkowitz, K. (2011).  Low-carbohydrate diet review: Shifting the paradigm. Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 26, 300-8.

Hite, A. H., Feinman, R.D., Guzman, G.E., Satin, M., Schoenfeld, P.A., & Wood, R.J.  (2010). In the face of contradictory evidence: Report of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee. Nutrition, 26, 915-24.  

Presentations

Brady, J., Hite, A.H., & Parker B. (2017, May). Big Food! Big Ag! Big Nutrition?: The Nutritionism Paradox and Food System Reform. Canadian Food Studies Association, Toronto, ON.

Hite, A.H. (2016, November). An inconvenient body:  Feminist new materialism and ex-vegan narratives. National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Hite, A.H. & Carter, A. (2016, November). A rhetorical approach to public health nutrition guidance: Shifting from understanding to action through critical health communication collaboration. Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine Preconference, National Communication Association Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Hite, A.H. (2016, August). Dietary Guidelines for Americans:  Irrelevant or alarming--or both? Ancestral Health Society Symposium, Boulder, CO.

Hite, A.H. (2016, June). Defining ‘healthy’ food:  A genealogy of modern dietary guidance. Joint Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Canadian Association for Food Studies, Toronto, ON.

Hite, A.H. (2016, June ). Beyond “good nutrition”:  The ethical implications of public health nutrition guidance. Joint Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Canadian Association for Food Studies, Toronto, ON.

Hite, A.H. (2016, May). Emergence and uptake:  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans as (meta) genre.  Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Hite, A.H. (2016, March). Emergence and uptake:  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans as (meta) genre.  Carolina Rhetoric Conference, Raleigh, NC.

Hite, A.H. (2015, November). Dietary goals and guidelines: A genre framework.  National Communication Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Hite, A.H. (2015, September). Looking beyond ‘good nutrition’: The ethical implications of public health nutrition guidance. International Conference on Food Studies, Blacksburg, VA.

Hite, A.H. (2014, September). Bringing fat back: Reclaiming the soul of Southern food. Southern Foodways Alliance/William Winter Institute, Oxford, MS.

Hite, A.H. (2014, August). One size does not fit all:  Race, gender, age and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  International Critical Dietetics Conference, Chicago, IL.

Hite, A.H. (2014, February). I eat, therefore I am’: An exploration of ‘real’ food.  Georgia State University New Voices Graduate Student Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Hite, A.H. (2013, August). Ancestral public health nutrition:  The perils and promise of a ‘paleo’ policy   perspective.  Ancestral Health Society Symposium,  Augusta, GA.

Hite, A.H. (2012, August). Fix our food initiative:  A comprehensive approach to food reform.  Ancestral Health Society Symposium, Boston, MA.

Hite, A.H. (2011, March). Pyramid scheme:  How the politics and language of the dietary guidelines have shaped our food culture.  University of North Carolina Food Cultures Symposium, Chapel Hill, NC.

Projects

  • An examination of the historical, social, and political contexts surrounding the creation and evolution of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans
  • An exploration of the use of "healthy diet" rhetoric in food activism
  • An investigation of the knowledge-production enterprise in nutritional epidemiology of chronic disease, with a primary focus on the structural relationships among individuals and institutions that govern health-related knowledge

Education

  • ABD in Nutritional Epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2012
  • Masters of Public Health/Registered Dietitian Program in Nutrition from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
  • Masters of Arts in Teaching in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995
  • B.A. with Honors in English from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984