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Dr. Saeidah Fallah-Fini’s System Approach to Obesity

Dr. Fallah-Fini has been busy promoting her work that she has accomplished at the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC).

SaeidahDr. Saeidah Fallah-Fini is an Assistant Professor at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  She also holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor position at the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Fallah-Fini has had a lot going on lately from publishing  papers to giving presentations related to application of systems engineering to address obesity problem.  On November 25th, Dr. Fallah-Fini gave a presentation to master and PhD students in the systems engineering program at the University of Southern California. 

She discussed the benefits of adopting a systems approach to help combat obesity.  She then dove a bit deeper to discuss the development of a novel system dynamics method for estimating the distribution of body mass index (BMI) for the US adult population as well as the shift in such distribution in the past four decades.  Dr. Fallah-Fini also chaired a session related to application of systems engineering in public health in 2014 annual meeting of the Institute for Operating Research and Management Science’s (INFORMS) held in San Francisco in early November.  The speakers at this session covered topics from understanding the dynamics of obesity prevention to long terms trend in screening mammography.

Not only was Dr. Fallah-Fini representing GOPC by presenting and listening to public health discussions, she also has recently published a paper that was featured in a special issue of the American Journal of Public Health.  The paper was centered around using system dynamics method to estimate the energy imbalance gap (the average daily excess energy intake, defined as total energy intake minus total energy expenditure for some unit of time) that can explain obesity epidemic in the US adults in the past four decades.   To learn more about this paper, please click here.