Sex Differences in the Relation Between Social Stressors and Obesity

sfs2150_3_Shakira F Suglia_0Presenter: Shakira F. Suglia, ScD, MS

Associate Professor
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?

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