WC's Food Symposium to Tackle the 'Hunger-Obesity Paradox'

Marion Nestle to Give Keynote Presentation

March 7, 2012

Dr. Marion Nestle (NYU Photo)

Dr. Marion Nestle (NYU Photo)

Consumer activist, nutritionist and award-winning author Marion Nestle will be speak on the “hunger-obesity paradox” as keynote speaker at Wilmington College’s third annual Food Symposium March 20.

She will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. in Heiland Theatre. The daylong symposium also will feature a pair of films, student chef cook-off and an evening dinner. All events except the dinner are free of charge.

Nestle is the author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (2002) and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), both from University of California Press. She explores issues like access to food and nutrition, and the effects of food production on food safety.

Her blog,, covers the gamut from farming to food labels.

Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and professor of sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and a Master of Public Heath in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nestle is highly regarded among her peers.

Michael Pollan, author of New York Times bestselling books Food Rules (2010), In Defense of Food (2008), and Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), said, "When it comes to the increasingly treacherous landscape of the American supermarket, with its marketing hype and competing health claims, Marion Nestle is an absolutely indispensable guide: knowledgeable, eminently sane—and wonderful company too.”














The schedule for the day includes:

Displays in Pyle Student Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the film Killer at Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Greatest Threat (189 minutes), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the film Faces of Hunger in America: A Nationwide Initiative to Visually Portray Hunger in the United States (55 minutes), 1 to 2 p.m. Both films will be shown in Heiland Theatre.

Also, “The Student Chef Cookoff” competition with opportunities for taste-testing will run from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Top of Pyle Center; Marion Nestle’s keynote address on hunger and obesity, from 4 to 5 p.m., in Heiland Theatre; a book-signing by Nestle in Kelly Center from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; and a dinner event ($25 and reservations required), Boyd Cultural Arts Center lobby from 6 to 7 p.m.

Dinner reservations can be made by calling (937) 382-6661 ext 205.