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International Seminar Series: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides, and Family Well-Being

Wednesday, October 18th 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

**On Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday, October 19 demo work on Milner Plaza will require the tunnel for the first floor east entrance to be closed. Signage will be posted to notify guests. During the tunnel closure, guests can still enter the building from the first floor west alternate entrance, second floor east alternate entrance, and the standard second floor west entrance.**

Title of Presentation: Fast Food, Farmer Suicides and Family Well-Being: Food Systems that Impact Indians in India and Beyond.

Speaker: Mudita Dave, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Presentation Overview: Global food systems have been shown to have a lasting impact on the environment, ecology, and individual and community well-being.  Last two decades have seen rapid nutrition and epidemiological transition in India. Primary factors that have been demonstrated to influence these transitions include urbanization, rising individual incomes, increasing consumption of processed foods, reduction in physical activity, and a decrease in the consumption of home cooked and traditional foods among other diet and lifestyle determinants. Such lifestyle and dietary changes are even more pronounced among immigrant Indians in the United States. This presentation will examine major drivers of changing production and consumption patterns among Indians in India and in the US with respect to its influence on changes in family structure, dynamics, culture, identity, diet, lifestyle, and health outcomes. Evidence and recommendations from a research study that explored connections between globalization, diet, lifestyle and prevalence of chronic lifestyle diseases among Asian Indians in central Illinois will be presented.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Mudita Dave is a Public Health researcher and educator with experience studying issues of migration, acculturation, gender and health behaviors among diverse South Asian population in the United States. Dr. Dave’s research interests include obesity and chronic diseases, global health, immigrant health, as well as the interactions between culture, environment and health.

Series Overview: The International Seminar Series offers the Illinois State campus and Bloomington-Normal communities weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics. Guest speakers are usually experts in their fields across a range of disciplines who cover a wide array of cultural, historical, political and social topics.

Series events have become one of the most popular internationally focused events on campus and continue to draw ever-growing crowds of students, faculty and community members. Audience members are given time at each event to raise questions to enable a two-way participation and learning.

International Seminar Series events are free and open to the public, and occur every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center. The fall 2017 series will focus on food justice and sustainability.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Prairie Room North & Center
(309) 438-4636