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Understanding Food Scarcity in Northwest Arkansas   Short Talks From The Hill” is a new podcast highlighting research and scholarly work across the University of Arkansas campus. Each segment features a university researcher discussing his or her work. In this episode, Bob Whitby talks to Kevin Fitzpatrick, a sociology professor at the University of Arkansas, about his research at Springdale High School on the topic of food scarcity.  Bob Whitby: Let’s start first with just a little bit about your background and the kinds of things broadly that you are interested in researching. Kevin Fitzpatrick: So, I’ve been here at the University of Arkansas for...

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What, and how much, are Springdale High School students eating?

A new study by University of Arkansas researchers found that found that nearly 30 percent of 10th-12th graders at of Springdale High School experienced moderate to high levels of food insecurity in the past year. Food insecurity is defined as a reduced availability of, or a limited ability to acquire, nutritionally adequate foods. Research has shown a link between poor diet, weight status (overweight or malnourished) and academic performance. The study was conducted by U of A professor Kevin Fitzpatrick, director of the Community and Family Institute in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Stephanie Collier, a...

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Where You Live and What You Eat

To a large degree, your zip code, county, and continent determine your access to what, and how much, you have to eat. That’s the theme of a recent book edited by University of Arkansas sociology professor Kevin Fitzpatrick and UA graduate Don Willis. A Place-Based Perspective of Food in Society, published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan, is a collection of essays dealing with the sweeping topic of food production and security, from the origins of modern agriculture and diet to the future of sustainable economies built around access to quality food. For Fitzpatrick, the book is a return to his longstanding work examining the role of place as a factor in health care, economic inequality, childhood obesity and other quality-of-life indicators. “Resources are structurally distributed across social landscapes,” the editors wrote in the book’s introduction. “It is not by accident that low-income racial minorities living in urban areas suffer high rates of obesity, malnutrition, heart disease, and food insecurity.” The book contains 12 essays divided into four categories: historical contexts, social and cultural contexts, the context of power and inequality, and the future of food. Contributors include sociologists, a medical anthropologist, an economist, an agriculture development expert, and history and political science experts. Fitzpatrick previously edited the two-volume book Poverty and Health: A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable; and coauthored the books Unhealthy Cities: Poverty, Race and Place in...

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Poverty and Health: A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable

In the two volumes of Poverty and Health: A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable, editor Kevin M. Fitzpatrick presents a collection of essays offering history, background and insight into health issues facing poor people in the United States, including the crucial factor of place in relation to health. Poverty and Health is published by...

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