Dr Jeanette Beasley

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at Josephine Butler College, Durham University (October-December 2018)

Dr Jeannette M Beasley is an assistant professor at the New York University, Division of General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovation.

Review of community level dietary and physical activity interventions in reducing obesity in low and middle income countries (LMICs): what works and what doesn’t. Globally, about 39.5 million deaths in 2016, accounting for 72.3% of all-cause mortality, was accounted by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs in low and middle income countries (LMICs) are responsible for 80% of the global deaths, which are obviously a major public health concern. Obesity is a significant risk factor for chronic NCDs, which is rising rapidly in LMICs. The project will conduct a systematic review to describe characteristics of successful and non-effective dietary and physical activity interventions for adolescent girl and female adults in LMICs, as they are most affected by obesity. A review of government policies in LMICs noted that just 25% addressed salt consumption, fat consumption, fruit and vegetable intake, or physical activity and called for the development of “comprehensive and multi-stakeholder policies to improve dietary quality and physical activity”. Understanding characteristics of successful interventions is critical to implement successful strategies. We will share findings as a peer-reviewed journal and report, which will also inform the grant application for the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCFR) to develop and evaluate effective intervention in LMICs.