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Monday, November 23 • 08:30 - 12:00
M3: Body size, mental health and inequalities: New partnerships for research and education in life course and health equity studies

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Our initiative concerns the burden of overweight and obesity and its strong social patterning in South Africa and Sweden. We strive to use complementary sources of information from surveys, cohort studies and register data linkages in South Africa and Sweden, and apply methods from life course epidemiology to investigate and address the social and developmental origins and consequences of overweight and obesity, negative body image, disordered eating and related psychological problems across the life course and across generations. The aim of the meeting is to share and expand our international research networks and to enrich our teaching and dissemination activities in public health and equity. During this workshop, we shall also share and discuss preliminary findings from research related to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on food security in South Africa.

Keywords: Social determinants of health, health inequalities, obesity, disordered eating, non-communicable diseases

Speakers and moderators: Amy Heshmati, Anam Nyembezi, Åsa Norman, Corinna Walsh, Ilona Koupil, Liisa Byberg, Vivien Boldis, Whadi-ah Parker, Zakir Hossin, Zandile Mchiza

Introduction
Ilona Koupil – Welcome and update on the "BMI" initiative 
Intervention research
Åsa Norman - School interventions on diet and physical activity in Sweden
Zandile Mchiza - Public health interventions and initiatives on nutrition and chronic disease in South Africa
Observational studies

Corinna Walsh - Life course and intergenerational studies on nutrition and health in South Africa
Liisa Byberg - Cohort and register based studies on obesity in Sweden
COVID-19 related research
Whadi-ah Parker - The impact of COVID-19 on agriculture and the food system – key findings from a rapid review
Anam Nyembezi & Sunday Onagbiye - Cloth face mask use during COVID-19 crisis: A multi-country online cross-sectional study among adult runners: The South African perspective
Zandile Mchiza - COVID-19 lockdown mental health consequences & changes with respect to shopping, food preparation & consumption among South Africans: Facebook survey
Panel discussion
Corinna Walsh - Liisa Byberg - Zandile Mchiza - Whadi-ah Parker - Anam Nyembezi - Ilona Koupil (moderator).

Speakers
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Åsa Norman

Researcher, Karolinska Institutet
PhD with a background in behavioural science and anthropology specialising in prevention of child ill-health through interventions targeting parenting.I am the project leader of an evaluation of a school-based parental support intervention aimed to promote chidlren's healthy dietary... Read More →
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Corinna Walsh

Professor, University of the Free State
Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD); Chronic diseases of lifestyle; Malnutrition; HIV/AIDS
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Zandile Mchiza

Associate Professor, University of the Western Cape
I am lecturer at the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. I convene the Descriptive Epidemiology and the Epidemiology of Non Communicable Disease Modules. I am also a researcher whose research interests aim at bringing about a change in issues... Read More →
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Ilona Grünberger

Professor, Stockholm University
Professor of Health Equity Studies/Public Health Medicine at Stockholm University since 2002. Affiliated to Karolinska Institutet in 2015-2020. Background in paediatrics and epidemiology. Research interest in social determinants of health, developmental origins of health, equity and... Read More →
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Whadi-ah Parker

Senior Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council
Registered research dietitian in the Human and Social Capabilities Division of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa since 2009.    My research includes the examination of the biological, psycho-social, cultural and environmental factors of malnutrition in South Africa... Read More →
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Liisa Byberg

Senior lecturer, Uppsala University
I am an epidemiologist with an interest in lifestyle and health outcomes. I like discussing epidemiological methods and study design.
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Anam Nyembezi

Senior Lecturer, University of the Western Cape
I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. I convene the Health Promotion for Public Health module. My research interests are in men’s health with a focus on socio-behavioral aspects of sexual and reproductive health... Read More →


Monday November 23, 2020 08:30 - 12:00 CET
Zoom Room C