Food insecurity and fatness: From evolutionary ecology to social science
16 January 11:30
43 Banbury Road, Seminar Room
This week Professor Daniel Nettle from the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, University of Newcastlewill join the Evolutionary Medicine and Public Health seminar series to discussFood insecurity and fatness: From evolutionary ecology to social science.
“One of the best-known predictions of behavioural ecology is that animals facing greater food insecurity should carry more fat, to insure themselves against shortfall. However, the corresponding association in humans—that those groups within the population who experience the greatest food insecurity are also the fattest—is considered by social scientists to be ‘paradoxical’. In this talk, I review our recent research on food insecurity and body weight, just days after the House of Commons Environmental Audit committee called for the creation of a minister for hunger and food insecurity in the UK.”
Daniel is a Professor of Behavioural Science and a member of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. He studies a number of different topics relating to behaviour, ageing and wellbeing. His focus is on humans, but works with starlings too.