Decolonising weight management: ethnicity-related differences in obesity

Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia Benedicte, Dr Caroline Childs

Season 2


Clear understanding of:
  • Methods to diagnose and classify obesity
  • Health implications of obesity
Be aware of:
  • Gender- and ethnicity-related gaps in biomedical data
  • Potential publication biases
Be able to:
  • Understand the differential impact of obesity on populations of different characteristics
  • Critically evaluate obesity-related data, from a gender/ethnic perspective
  • Critically analyse weight management protocols, with a gender/ethnic perspective


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Dr Fatima Perez de Heredica Benedicte

Expert speaker

Dr Fatima Perez de Heredia Benedicte
Senior Lecturer in Physiology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University.

I am a biologist passionate about the physiology of nutrition, obesity, and adipose tissue. In particular, the links between nutritional status, adiposity and inflammation fascinate me.
My current research looks into a dietary and exercise intervention for improving body composition and cardiometabolic risk in cardiac rehabilitation patients.that improve athlete health and performance through modulation of the gut microbiota. His other research interests include the impact of exercising in extreme environments on gut health.

Paper reference

The session discusses the paper: Sinaga et al. 2021. Ethnic-specific body fat percent prediction equation as surrogate marker of obesity in Ethiopian adults. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition 40:17

We will discuss data showing obesity disparities among different ethnicities. In particular, how obesity indices and references developed for Caucasian populations are inadequate for the Ethiopian population, and how researchers overcome this barrier.

About Journal Club Chair, Dr Caroline Childs

Each Journal Club session is chaired by Dr Caroline Childs, Nutrition and Metabolism subject lead in Medicine at the University of Southampton. She received student-nominated awards for ‘most engaging lecturer’ and ‘best pastoral support’ and a colleague-nominated award for teaching excellence. Dr Childs is a Nutrition Society Ambassador and a South East Regional Representative for the Association for Nutrition.

As she says, “Developing skills in critical appraisal is an essential part of being a competent nutrition professional – whether you’re a dietitian, nutritionist or health professional specialising in nutrition.”


Nutrition research reported in the media often highlights mixed or contradictory results between studies. So, as a nutrition professional, how can you ensure you use the strongest available evidence to inform your practice?


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