Obesity is a worldwide epidemic. While numerous obesity prevention efforts have been implemented around the world for different age groups and at different settings (i.e. school, home, community), most of these have shown short-term, moderate results if at all. Identifying successful obesity prevention strategies, therefore, remains critical. Government-funded food assistance programs (FAPs), originally designed to prevent hunger among the poor, have the potential to work as venues for obesity prevention interventions since they reach low-income populations with high rates of chronic disease. This presentation will focus on the results from Dr Chaparro’s dissertation work, in which she investigated the association between obesity and FAP participation in the U.S. and Peru. In the U.S. analysis, Dr Chaparro focused on adults participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Los Angeles County, California. Dr Chaparro also studied food assistance programs in Peru, focusing on the impact of participating in any food-transfer program on overweight (including obesity) among women of reproductive age and preschool-aged children.

Dr M. Pia Chaparro has started her work as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CHESS with support from the SU post-doctoral fellowship programme in August 2013. Dr Chaparro has a background in food science and nutritional sciences. She completed her PhD in Public Health at the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013. Dr Chaparro’s research interests include determinants of obesity and effects of social and residential mobility on health.

The seminar will take place at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveaplan, on Wednesday 28 August at 1.30 pm.