Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Date: April 5th, 2016
Description: In this webinar, Dr. Suglia provides an overview of the physiological responses to stressors and their relationship to obesity. Stressors have a significant impact on mental and physical health, with high levels of stress associated with eating disorders and obesity. There is also a sociodemographic gradient within this relationship, meaning that individuals with low SES experience a greater number of social risk factors and suffer more frequently from obesity. This disparity is also seen between genders, with girls and women experiencing more stress than their male counterparts.
Recommended pre-webinar reading: Suglia, SF, Clark CJ, Gary-Webb TL. (2013) Adolescent obesity, change in weight status, and hypertension: racial/ethnic variations. Hypertension 61(2) pp 290-295.
Reflection Questions: What are the challenges in defining social stressors across the life course? Why is it important to examine sex differences when examining the effect of social stressors? What are some potential mechanisms by which social stressors impact obesity?
Council on Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (2014 Version)
- Primary Competency Domain: Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
- Specific competencies:
1A1, 2A5, 4A3, 5A2, 8A4
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If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you register for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).