Trust set up to enable further clinical research in Taranaki into childhood obesity
An award winning doctor has set up a trust to enable clinical research on childhood obesity to take place in Taranaki.
Dr Yvonne Anderson, a paediatrician at Taranaki Base Hospital, has won a best doctoral thesis award for her work with Whānau Pakari, a groundbreaking Taranaki-based programme looking at childhood obesity.
Of the 392 PhDs awarded in 2018 from The University of Auckland, only five received the award.
Her thesis generated 11 papers in scientific journals, with two more in the pipeline. These papershave advanced the understanding of serious weight-related health issues experienced by children and teens affected by obesity, as well as their eating, activity, screen-time habits and psychological wellbeing.