Prof. Danielle Gallegos presents at 2021 AOCO-MASO Conference


On the 8th of April 2021, WCCNR’s Prof. Danielle Gallegos joined other international speakers to present at the 2021 AOCO-MASO Conference, held virtually from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prof. Dr. Danielle Gallegos was joined by Prof. Dr. Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Prof. Dr. Norhasmah Sulaiman in a symposium discussing the link between food insecurity and obesity. International evidence indicates that there is a food insecurity-obesity paradox in high income countries.

Women living in food insecure households are more likely to be overweight and obese. Individuals living in food insecure households are also at higher risk of chronic conditions, increased healthcare utilisation and all-cause mortality.

Danielle’s presentation highlighted that women living with disadvantage had increased levels of stress that could be due to juggling overlapping time obligations with fewer resources to manage these demands and obligations, struggling with working unpredictable hours and being unable to afford flexible childcare, and multiple residential and school relocations causing erosion of social networks

Danielle reminded the audience of some key messages:

  1. The intersection between poverty, food insecurity, obesity and health is complex.
  2. One of the driving contributors to food insecurity and obesity is distress and the coping mechanisms associated with it.
  3. There is an opportunity for double duty actions that can alleviate both food insecurity and obesity.
  4. Actions that will have the biggest impact are those that will impact on the social and commercial determinants of health.

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