Pawloski to Explore Trends of Childhood Obesity in Vision Series

Posted: February 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Lisa Pawloski
Lisa Pawloski

Recognized as an emerging threat to the health of America’s children, childhood obesity contributes to the development of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension and increases the risk of developing vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

Once thought to be a strictly American phenomenon, researchers say that childhood obesity rates are soaring in nations still plagued with hunger and poverty. In a Vision Series lecture on Monday, Feb. 26, Lisa Pawloski, associate professor and chair of Mason’s Department of Global and Community Health, will explore global trends of childhood obesity highlighting her research conducted in Mali, Nicaragua.

The free lecture will be held at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus. A reception with the speaker will follow the lecture.

Pawloski, who coordinates the MS in International Health program, has a special research interest in biocultural approaches to nutrition and health among adolescents. Her research led her to a yearlong fieldwork project in the Segou Region of Mali, West Africa. She continued her research program in Managua, Nicaragua, and in suburban Thailand, where she explored the nutrition transition and emergence of obesity in developing countries.

Pawloski’s latest research project involves implementing and evaluating nutrition intervention programs aimed at preventing obesity among children in Washington, D.C.

Personally dedicated to improving the health and nutrition of children and adolescents worldwide, Pawloski had a role in developing the 2005 Bangkok Charter on Health Promotion at the World Health Organization’s 6th Global Conference on Health Promotion.

Although the lecture is free and open to the public, tickets are required. Visit the Center for the Arts web siteto reserve tickets and see the full lecture schedule, or visit the Center for the Arts ticket office (Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). For information, call 703-993-8888.

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