Can public health solve obesity, hunger and malnutrition by focusing on the lived experience of food and eating?

24 October 2018 17:30 - 24 October 2018 19:00
Lecture Theatre AG21, College Building, City University of London

With Professor Wendy Wills; sociologist, nutritionist and Professor of Food and Public Health at the University of Hertfordshire, where she is the Director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care.

There are daily headlines about the Government’s ‘next chapter’ in the plan to tackle obesity, as well as regular reports of children and working adult going hungry and older people sitting isolated, starved and malnourished in their homes. The public’s health, when it comes to food, has surely reached a crisis point?

This talk will consider the extent to which a focus on the ‘lived experience’ of food and eating could bring about change. Does research that investigates the realities of getting the right amount of the right kinds of food help in some way?

Wendy will contemplate the types of framework that can incorporate lived experience and envisage ‘who needs to do what’ if contemporary tales of obesity, hunger or malnutrition can truly be used beyond driving media headlines.

Drawing on her 20 years of research experience looking at the everyday food habits of children and adults in the UK, Wendy will link case studies from people who have participated in her research with theoretical frameworks about the importance of embedded routines and some cutting edge thinking from the field of public health.

Wendy's talk will be followed by Q&A and discussion with the audience.

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