Household food insecurity in Canada, Part 1: food, nutrition, and health in the context of pervasive material deprivation
Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00 ET
This webinar will discuss population data on food insecurity prevalence and current trends; review the geographic and socio-demographic patterning of household food insecurity in Canada; examine how household food insecurity relates to dietary intakes, overweight and obesity, diet-related diseases, and health more broadly; and consider the relationship between households’ food insecurity status and their other financial needs and stressors. Finally, we will explore the implications of these learnings for health care providers and intervention in clinical settings.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- To appreciate the scope and severity of food insecurity in Canada;
- To understand its relationship to food, nutrition, and health; and
- To recognize household food insecurity as a marker of more pervasive material deprivation, inextricably linked to households’ financial resources.
Speaker: Valerie Tarasuk, PhD (University of Toronto)
Moderator: Malek Batal, PhD (Université de Montréal)
About the Speaker:
Dr. Valerie Tarasuk is a Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her primary research focus is household food insecurity. She has led several tri-council research grants to elucidate the scope, nature, and health implications of this problem in Canada, assess the effectiveness of community responses, and determine how public policies and programs impact food insecurity prevalence and severity. For the past decade, she has led PROOF, an interdisciplinary research program designed to identify effective policy approaches and mobilize knowledge to reduce household food insecurity in Canada.