Agro-Environmental Public Health

Time: 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Location: 310R Renaissance Park

Northeastern Humanities Center – Collaborative Research Clusters

Presented by the “Feeding Boston” Research Cluster

Dietary and Health Consequences of a Century of Black Internal Migration,

1910 – 2010

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

201C Renaissance Park

Robert Hall

Associate Professor of African-American Studies and History

This talk focuses on the “nutritional transition” that accompanied black internal migration: rural-to-urban, from the South to other regions, rural-to-urban within the South, and, finally (for four decades since 1970) migration from other regions to the South. This will include a look at changing patterns of eating such as more eating out in restaurants and fast food establishments, increased consumption of canned and processed foods and the resulting increase in sodium consumption, increasing consumption of sugars (especially of sugar-sweetened beverages), and declining consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. To the extent that trends over time in these and other things can be identified, they will be juxtaposed with trends in the percentage of the national and African American population that is overweight or obese, the incidence of hypertension, stroke, and heart disease, and the trends in vitamin and mineral deficiency-related diseases, particularly Vitamin D deficiency diseases [or, better put, conditions for which vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor].

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