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Issues in childhood obesity topic of CHEPA seminar

11 Dec 2018

Dr. Laura N. Anderson, PhD, will present CHEPA’s final seminar of 2018 on Wednesday Dec. 19, when she will talk about “Issues in childhood obesity: From measurement to evaluation of a population health intervention.”

Anderson notes that more than 30% of children in Canada are now overweight or have obesity. Obesity and poor health behaviours in early childhood track throughout life and increase the risk of adult-onset cardiovascular disease and diabetes. However, not all overweight and obesity is equal and understanding the heterogeneity in disease risk in early childhood is important. 

In her presentation she will:

  1. Evaluate the measurement of cardiometabolic risk and obesity subtypes in early childhood, and
  2. Describe the proposed analysis of a provincial population health intervention.

Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University; an Adjunct Scientist in the division of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Research Institute, and a member of CHEPA.

She holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Western University and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. 

Anderson’s research interests are population and public health, chronic disease prevention, and modifiable determinants of health in early life. Her research focuses on the methods for measuring population health, life-course epidemiology, evaluating population health interventions, and the analysis of secondary data. She is an investigator on multiple CIHR-funded projects related to childhood obesity. She also contributes to teaching and graduate student supervision in the Masters of Public Health program at McMaster.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday Dec. 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119. All are welcome to attend.

It will also be available online through WebEx. To join, copy and paste the link below into your browser. The password is: CHEPAseminar



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