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Moffat Tina, Associate Professor and Chair


Research & Supervisory Interests

My area of interest is nutrition and food insecurity as it relates to the social, cultural, and physical environment.   My research perspectives are grounded in biocultural and political-economic approaches.  My main geographic areas of focus are Canada and South Asia.

I am currently involved in research about knowledge translation for pregnant women regarding Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) as it relates to maternal diet and child health outcomes.  This is a community study based in Hamilton called "Mothers to Babies" (M2B).  In 2016-17 I was the Faculty of Social Sciences' "scholar-in-the-community".  As a scholar in the community, I studied best practices for doing research and evaluation in partnership with the Hamilton Community Food Centre (HCFC), part of a growing movement of Food Centres across Canada that move beyond charity models of food banks to support food insecure populations to access nutritious food in a dignified manner. Another recent project is about food security and dietary change among immigrants and refugees in Canada, based on a CIHR-funded research  project called Changing Homes, Changing Food (2012-2015).  Other research interests include vitamin D intake among youth in North America, as well as the social and cultural determinants of child obesity.


BSc, University of Toronto, 1985 MA, McMaster, 1990



Search course offerings in Anthropology


Courses (2018 - 19)


  • Chair for the Anthropology Department


  • ANTHROP 740 - Biocultural Synthesis
  • Chair for the Anthropology Department


Courses (2017 - 18)


  • On Research Leave (July 1 - December 30, 2017)


  • ANTHROP 740 - Biocultural Synthesis
  • Chair for the Anthropology Department






Moffat, T., Mohammed, C., Newbold, K.B. (2017) Cultural dimensions of food security among immigrants and refugees.  Human Organization 76(1): 15-27.

Holland, A. and Moffat, T. (2017) Comparing measured calcium and vitamin D intakes with perceptions of intake in Canadian young adults: insights for designing osteoporosis prevention education. Public Health Nutrition 20(10): 1760-1767.

Moffat, T. and Thrasher, D. (2016) School meal programs and their potential to operate as school-based obesity prevention and nutrition interventions: case studies from France and Japan. Critical Public Health 26(2): 133-146.

Brickley, M.B., Moffat, T., Watamaniuk, L. (2014) Biocultural perspectives of vitamin D deficiency in the past. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology36: 48-59.

Moffat, T., Sellen, D., Wilson, W., Amarra, S., Anderson, L., and Chadwick, S. (2014) Knowledge and Practice: Infant Vitamin D Supplementation among Canadian-born, Immigrant, and Refugee mothers. Journal of Transcultural Nursing 25(4): 321-322.

Galloway, T. and Moffat T. (2013). "Not neutral ground": Exploring school as a site for childhood obesity intervention and prevention programs. Anthropology of Food and Nutrition Series: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Obesity Research, McCullough M, Harding J (eds), 34 pages. New York: Berghahn Press.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Moffat, T. (2001) 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.

Moffat, T. (2001) 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.

Moffat, T. (2000)  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.

Moffat, T. and Herring A. (1999) 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.