Epidemiology & Biostatistics seminar: Ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity: what strategies will reduce the gaps? Event as iCalendar

11 March 2014

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Function Room 730-220, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Recognition of the population-wide nature of the obesity epidemic has led to an expansion of approaches used to foster changes in eating patterns and physical activity, through environmental and policy changes.  How effective these approaches can be in eliminating the ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in obesity that are frequently observed in high income countries remains an open question. This seminar will consider potential approaches to obesity interventions with a lens that is specific to pathways that can impact upon disparities, using examples from current initiatives in the USA.

Presented by Professor Shiriki Kumanyika , PhD MPH

Shiriki Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. Her research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks and health disparities. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to salt intake, other aspects of diet, or obesity. A major theme in her current research is improving equity in food marketing environments in African American communities.

In 2002, Dr. Kumanyika founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) ( www.aacorn.org ), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. In addition, she has a long history of providing policy guidance on public health nutrition issues to organizations in the US and abroad.

Dr. Kumanyika has published extensively in the scientific literature and lectured widely in the US and many other countries.  Her current extramural activities include serving as a co-chair of the International Obesity Task Force (now World Obesity – Policy and Prevention), a position she has held since 2009, and as a nutrition advisor to the World Health Organization.


For more information please contact: Susan Kelly Telephone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 86722 Email: susan.kelly@auckland.ac.nz