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Moffat Tina, Associate Professor


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



Courses (2017)

Winter: on Research Leave (July 1 - December 30, 2017)

Courses (2018)


  • Anthrop 740 - Biocultural Synthesis



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.