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CMENAS Colloquium Series. Obesity in Schoolchildren and its Link to Chronic Diseases; Weight and Body Image in the Middle East: Perspectives from 2021

Huda M. Al Hourani, Associate Professor at The Hashemite University; Sarah Trainer, ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change Affiliate Researcher and Seattle University ADVANCE Program & Research Coordinator
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
2:00-4:00 PM
The 2021 CMENAS Colloquium Series theme is "Public Health and Pandemics across the MENA: A Multidisciplinary Exhibit."

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About the speakers:

Huda M. Al Hourani is an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics at Hashemite University. She received her PhD in Nutrition from Oxford Brookes University and has taught a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate nutrition and dietetics courses. In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, hospitals, and colleges, she took part in a number of courses and training workshops. WHO has named her Regional Facilitator for the new WHO Growth Standard. Obesity and its effects on people's lives have been the subject of several publications she has written.

Sarah Trainer is a medical anthropologist. Her previous work has included ethnographic research in the United Arab Emirates, the US Southwest, and the US Southeast and focuses on experiences around weight, body image, food, stigma, and health. Her recent book (2021), Extreme weight loss: Life before and after bariatric surgery, explores the ways in which experiences around health, stigma, and weight change for people who undergo weight-loss surgery. She is currently the Research & Program Coordinator for a National Science Foundation–funded ADVANCE Program at Seattle University.

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Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
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