Why are Women More Likely to be Obese than Men? Insights from a Study of Health Transition in Vanuatu


Start Date: Feb 12, 2021 - 10:00am

Location: Presented via Zoom

Dr. Kathryn Olszowy presented her talk entitled Why are Women More Likely to be Obese than Men? Insights from a Study of Health Transition in Vanuatu on Friday, February 12 at 10 am as part of the Spring 2021 Anthropology Colloquia Speaker Series

Dr. Olszowy is a biomedical anthropologist who completed her PhD at Binghamton University and is currently an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on the sociocultural, evolutionary, and epidemiological dimensions of chronic disease risk, physical and mental health outcomes associated with disasters, and child growth and development. Her current research projects are centered in the Republic of Vanuatu, Cleveland, Ohio, and Doña Ana County, New Mexico. She has received funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Mountain West CTR-IN, and the Natural Hazards Center, and her research has been published in outlets including the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the American Journal of Human Biology.

Hosted by the Department of Anthropology, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) the Department Colloquia Speaker Series will be held virtually via Zoom on Fridays at 10 am, and will be made available on our You Tube account following the event.  Upcoming speakers include (more details forthcoming): 

February 19        Megan Cole (UNM)

February 26        Amy Thompson (The Field Museum of Natural History)

March 5                Luisa Maffi (Terralingua)

March 12             Pilar File-Muriel (UNM) and Chelsey Dyer (Vanderbilt University)

March 26             Jada Benn Torres (Vanderbilt University)

April 2                   Jonathan Dombrosky (UNM)

April 9                   Osbjorn Pearson (UNM)

April 16                Katherine Starkweather (University of Illinois, Chicago)

April 23                Nicholas Emlen (University of Tübingen)

April 30                 Suzanne Gaskins (Northeastern Illinois)

May 7                    Zwedi Tsegai (Max Planck Institute)