Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., R.D., was invited to speak at a symposium exploring the influence of social status on eating, physical activity and obesity next fall at ObesityWeek 2016, the annual meeting of The Obesity Society and The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The conference, held in New Orleans from Oct. 31-Nov. 4, includes presentations from world-renowned researchers, physicians, surgeons, policymakers and other experts on obesity.
Cardel, assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Policy and faculty member in the Institute for Child Health Policy, will present “The Effects of Experimentally Manipulated Social Status on Eating Behavior” at the symposium. The track in which Cardel applied to speak was competitive; of the 20 to 25 proposals received, only 5 to 7 were chosen. Cardel will join two other speakers at the symposium, including Elizabeth Goodman, M.D., director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Associate Chief of Community-based Research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, and Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
“I am really excited that the idea of social status as a factor influencing eating behavior and obesity risk is starting to gain some traction in the field,” Cardel said. “Elizabeth Goodman is a pioneer in this area of research, and I am eager to meet her and network with other leaders in the field of obesity research. It’s an honor to have been selected to speak.”