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SCIENCE SUNDAYS: Food Insecurity and Mental Health: An Underexplored Global Health Concern

Food insecurity is on the rise, affecting the nutrition and mental health of around 821 million people. Drawing on research from Nicaragua, Barbara Piperata will explore the underlying causes of the issue and how to inform policies aimed at alleviating food insecurity and improving mental health both locally and globally.

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Barbara Piperata is an associate professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University. Her research in Nicaragua and the Brazilian Amazon focuses on food security, lactation and, most recently, the ways socioeconomic conditions and cultural practices interact to shape the formation of the infant gut microbiome.

Science Sundays is a free public lecture series offered and supported by The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences and its sponsoring science centers. Speakers are leading experts in their fields dedicated to making their work interesting and accessible for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Science Sundays brings leading-edge work directly to the public with lectures covering diverse topics in science, arts and technology that touch our everyday lives.

Each lecture is from 3-4 p.m. at the Ohio Union U.S. Bank Conference Theatre, followed by a free, informal reception from 4-5 p.m. at the Ohio Staters Traditions Room in the Ohio Union.

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