Department of Geography
The focus of my PhD project lies on place as a pivotal driver of weight gain. More specifically, it studies the relation between childhood overweight and obesity (COO) and characteristics of the built environment that foster or hinder physical activity in London schoolchildren following a mixed-methods research paradigm.
The prevalence of COO has increased sharply since the 1980s. The UK is a high-burden country in terms of COO rates and its capital, London, is the global city with the highest share of children with obesity. My research attempts to disentangle the plethora of intertwined drivers of this epidemic from a health geographical perspective.
Bosch, L.; Bosch, B.; De Boeck, K.; Nawrot, T.; Meyts, I.; Vanneste, D.; Alexandre Le Bourlegat, C.; Croda, J. and Ribeiro Ferreira da Silva Filho, L.V. (2017) ‘Cystic fibrosis carriership and tuberculosis: hints toward an evolutionary selective advantage based on data from the Brazilian territory’, BMC Infectious Diseases 17:340, doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2448-z.
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Health & Medical Geography