Reducing socio-economic inequalities in obesity, the role of population prevention

Date and Time

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 12:45 to 14:00

Event type



John Snow B Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street


Anna Peeters

Speaker bio

Associate Professor Anna Peeters is the Head of Obesity and Population Health at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Immediate Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society. Anna has recently been awarded the prestigious IASO Andre Mayer Award for 2014 and a Churchill Award (2014).

Anna is interested in bringing objectivity and equitability to strategies aimed at tackling the rapidly escalating rates of obesity in Australian communities. Anna leads a team of public health researchers who aim to build the evidence base for public health policy regarding the prevention of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. During the past decade her research, both in The Netherlands and Australia, has focused on obesity and the relationship between increasing weight and loss of life expectancy, links with disease and disability, and the implications for socioeconomic inequalities in health. Anna is a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Awardee and previous VicHealth Research Fellow.


Socio-economic inequalities in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are all linked and are largely avoidable causes of inequity in health, wellbeing and productivity outcomes. They are also all linked by the common, modifiable risk factors of active living and healthy diet. During this seminar we describe the development of socio-economic inequalities in obesity in countries like the US, UK and Australia, along with the impact of population-level obesity prevention policy and explore how we might start to reduce these inequalities.