Hunger, Obesity & the Food System

Ellen Gustafson, a food system change advocate and author of We the eaters: If we change dinner, we can change the world, will talk about “A New Understanding of Hunger, Obesity and the Food System” on Mon., Apr. 20 at 7pm in the Young Auditorium. It’s the last Spring 2015 Contemporary Issues Lecture.

Gustafson is involved with several initiatives: Food Tank (a think tank about hunger, obesity, and poverty), 30 Project (a campaign to change the conversation about the global food system by connecting hunger and obesity), Change Dinner (a campaign to make better food choices at home to impact how food is produced), Health Class2.0 (an “experiential learning program empowering New York City youth to engage in new conversations about health, food and exercise”), and more. Gustafson was also a U.S. spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme.

cover of We The Eaters bookDo you hunger to learn more? Andersen Library can help. Andersen Library has a copy of We the Eaters (3rd-floor Main Collection, RA645.N87 G87 2014), as do Fort Atkinson’s public library and UW Green Bay’s library*. Other books are available, such as Stuffed and starved: The hidden battle for the world food system (available from UW River Falls* and UW Superior*), World hunger (3rd-floor Main Collection, HC79.F3 W65 2007), and Let them eat junk: How capitalism creates hunger and obesity (online via eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)). Search databases to find articles such as “What is the hunger-obesity paradox?” (Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2005, vol.105:no.6, pp.883-885, doi:10.1016/j.jada.2005.04.013), “The evolving food and nutrition agenda: Policy and research priorities for the coming decade” (Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 2011, vol.32:no.1, pp.60-68), “Linking obesity and malnutrition: Two forms of nutritional stress in developing countries” (International Journal of Sociology, 2014, vol.44:no.2, pp.63-86), and “U.S. per capita food supply trends: More calories, refined carbohydrates, and fats” (FoodReview, 2002, vol.25:no.3, pp.2-15).

If you’d like assistance with finding more materials, please ask a librarian.

*UW-W students and staff may request books from other UW libraries by using ILLiad interlibrary loan (from Apr. 9-May 21) for free. In Research@UWW, login with a UW-W Net-ID, then click Find It and ILLiad).

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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