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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi

Title: ‘Does education have a protective role against the obesogenic effects of increased wealth among women in transition settings? A case study from Egypt’

Date: 24th June

Venue: G37 and G38


Low- and middle-income countries undergoing economic transition suffer from a double burden of malnutrition. There is evidence that obesity is beginning to affect lower socio-economic groups (a reversal of the social gradient of obesity). However, recent evidence suggests that the social gradient of obesity differs by SES indicator in these settings. Using a nationally representative survey, the thesis explores the role of education and wealth in determining the social distribution of obesity, and in particular whether education has a protective role against an obesogenic effect of wealth.

Amina started at UCL in 2007 as an Academic Clinical Fellow in public health. She started her PhD in 2010 with Prof Michael Marmot having obtained funding from the Wellcome Trust. She is interested in research on the social determinants of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle income countries. Her co-supervisors are Dr Mai Stafford, Prof Jane Wardle, and Dr Sharon Friel. Prof Julia Critchley will act as the external examiner for the upgrade.

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