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Global Disability Research Group Seminar Series

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Global Health (IGH) Symposia

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2011 Seminar Series

Speaker: Ms Carolina Perez Ferrer

Title: ‘ Socioeconomic inequalities in obesity: the case of Mexico’

Date & Time: Friday 2nd December 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38

Abstract

Obesity is a major contributor to the global burden of disease and is rapidly increasing in low and middle income countries. Socioeconomic inequalities in obesity translate into inequalities in chronic diseases and mortality. Obesity is directly associated with socioeconomic position in low and middle income countries whereas it is inversely associated in developed countries. As country GDP increases individuals from lower SEP groups lose their protection against obesity. Mexico is a middle income country; obesity has increased three fold in the last 20 years. This PhD will study trends in socioeconomic inequalities in adiposity in Mexican women age 20 to 49 from 1988 to 2006. Further, it will explore whether the nutrition transition is more evolved in urban than in poorer rural areas judged by the socioeconomic patterning of obesity. It will use three repeated population based surveys.

Carolina obtained an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine having previously studied Nutrition and Food Science at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. She joined the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London in 2010 to undertake her PhD under the supervision of Dr Eric Brunner and Dr Anne McMunn. She is funded by the Mexican Council for Science and Technology.

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