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Tina Moffat

Tina Moffat

Associate Professor

CNH 536
Office Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23906


  1. PhD McMaster, 1998


Research & Supervisory Interests

My area of interest is child health and nutrition and environmental health as it pertains to urban ecosystems.   My research perspectives are grounded in biocultural and political-economic approaches.  My main geographic areas of focus are South Asia and Canada.

One of my current research interests is childhood obesity. In 2001-2004 I conducted a SSHRC-funded research study called the nutrition project in the City of Hamilton.  The project investigated the effects of socially and economically contrasting neighbourhoods on children’s body size, diet and physical activity. My current research examines dietary change among immigrants including a focus on Vitamin D deficiency, and its health effects on new Canadian mothers, infants and children.

Courses (2014-15)

Fall - Anthrop 2E03 - Human Variation and Evolutionary Change
Fall - Anthrop 740 - Biocultural Synthesis

Winter - Anthrop 2AN3 - The Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (Cross listed with HLTH AGE 2AN3)
Winter - Anthrop 4DN3 - Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural and Bioarchaeological Perspectives

Courses (2013-14)

On research leave.


Moffat, T. and Prowse, T. (eds). (2010) Human Diet and Nutrition in Biocultural Perspective. Past Meets Present. Biosocial Book Series, Catherine Panter-Brick (ed.). Berghahn Press (Oxford and New York).

Moffat, T. (2010) The "Childhood obesity epidemic": Health crisis or social construction? Medical Anthropology Quarterly 24(1): 1-21.

Moffat, T. and Galloway, T. (2008) Food consumption patterns among elementary school children in Hamilton, Ontario.  Short Report for Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research 69(3):152-154.

Chaimovitz, R. Issenman, R., and Moffat, T. (2008) Body Perception: Do parents, their children and their children's physicians perceive body image differently?  Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 47(1):76-80.

Moffat, T. and Galloway, T. (2007) Adverse environments: investigating local variation in child growth.  American Journal of Human Biology, 19(5): 676-683.

Latham, J. and Moffat, T. (2007) Determinants of variation in food cost and availability in two socioeconomically contrasting neighbourhoods in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Health and Place 13: 273-287.

2005 Moffat, T., Galloway, T. Latham, J.  Stature and adiposity among children in contrasting neighbourhoods in the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. American Journal of Human Biology. 17(3):355-367.

2005 Moffat, T. and Finnis, E.  Considering social and material resources: The political ecology of a peri-urban squatter community in Nepal. Habit International. 29(3):453-468.

2005  Law, M. Wilson, K., Eyles, J., Elliott, S., Jerrett, M., Moffat, T., Luginaah, I. (2005) Local-level variations in unmet need and access to health care services in Hamilton, Ontario.  Health and Place 11: 366-367.

2004 Moffat, T. Diarrhea, respiratory infections, protozoan gastrointestinal parasites, and child growth in Kathmandu, Nepal. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 122(1):85-97.

2002 Moffat, T.  Breastfeeding, wage labor and insufficient milk in peri-urban Kathmandu, Nepal. Medical Anthropology, 21(2):207-230.

2001 Moffat, T. Growth stunting among children, aged birth to five years, in peri-urban Kathmandu, Nepal.  In: P. Dasgupta and R. Hauspie (eds.)  Perspectives in Human Growth, Development and Maturation.  Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 251-269.

2001 Moffat, T. The weaning process as a biocultural practice: A case study of peri-urban mothers and infants in Nepal.  Journal of Biosocial Science 33:321-338.

2000 Moffat, T.  Parents’ estimation of their children’s body size compared to classification of children’s nutritional status using the international growth reference.  Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 39:311-329.

1999 Moffat, T. and Herring A.  The historical roots of high rates of infant death in Aboriginal communities in Canada in the early twentieth century: The Case of Fisher River, Manitoba.  Social Science and Medicine 48: 1821-1832.


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