|Feb. 21, 2002||
Press Contact: Josh Schonwald|
What makes poor people fat and rich people thin?
At an upcoming conference at the University of Chicago, researchers will investigate why obesity is now a bigger threat to poor people than starvation in the United States, and is growing in danger across the world. As scientists declare a global epidemic of fat, the Universitys Center for Gender Studies will host the Obesity and Poverty Conference on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, to address the sometimes surprising cultural and medical reasons why the poor in post-industrial nations are now more likely than the rich to be dangerously overweight. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together doctors, scientists and humanists to analyze a paradoxical new world situation.
Participants will debate the connections between fat, economics and human rights, explore the cultural patterns behind weight, and show how obesity affects children (the ones most in danger of obesity in developing nations), and what can be done to treat it. The conference runs Friday, March 1, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Franke Institute for the Humanities, at 1100 E. 57th St., and Saturday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Classics 10, 1010 E. 59th St. For further information about this conference and other Center for Gender Studies programs, contact Gina Olson at (773) 702-9936 or golsonAuchicago.edu or visit humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/cgs/. A list of speakers and topics follows.
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