Food Insecurity: A Food Problem or a Social Determinant of Health
Thursday, March 23, 2-3 p.m.
The Faith Elizabeth Winifred (Rusted) Bayley Research Lecture
With Dr. Valerie Tarasuk
University of Toronto
In this seminar, Dr. Tarasuk will present an overview of current evidence on the relationships between household food insecurity and various indicators of nutrition, health, and disease risk in Canada and discuss possible explanations for these patterns.
She will end with a discussion of how different characterizations of the health effects of food insecurity point to the need for different kinds of interventions.
Dr. Tarasuk’s primary research focus is household food insecurity. Over a career spanning almost 30 years, she has led several studies into the scope, nature, and health implications of this problem in Canada, assessing the effectiveness of community responses, and determining the effects of public policies and programs on food insecurity rates.
Dr. Tarasuk is a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Presented by Department of Biochemistry