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Canadian First Nations and Issues of Obesity

Publication date: Jan 14, 2014 4:05:16 PM

Start: Jan 27, 2014 5:30:00 PM
End: Jan 27, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

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Professor Alan Hallsworth (University of Portsmouth) - Issues of obesity surround contemporary Canadian First Nation communities. In large part this reflects incompatibility between traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyles and more recent food provisioning practices. The former is also linked to a lack of a distinct, transportable, “cuisine”. By comparing West coast Canadian First Nation residents with recent immigrants from Korea – which does have a distinct, transportable, “cuisine” - light is shed on contemporary food-related issues. The research for this presentation was conducted in British Columbia in September 2012, with the support of the Federal Government of Canada.

Alan Hallsworth has a 40 year research record in both retailing and the study of Canada. He graduated with a research Masters from Queen’s, Ontario, in 1971 before returning to Britain where his 1980s research led to new UK national planning policy guidelines to control the spread of big box retailers. In 2009, he was appointed a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government for its report on the future of traditional retail markets and Farmers Markets. He has also served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the British Association for Canadian Studies as well as a nine-year term on the Board of the Foundation for Canadian Studies.

Refreshments at 17:30, presentation at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.