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Anju Aggarwal, PhD, MSc, BSc

Research Associate, Epidemiology

Contact Information
Center for Public Health Nutrition
Box 353410
327 Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Center for Obesity Research
1107 NE 45th Street, Suite 215
Seattle, WA 98105
Tel: 206-221-4752

Research Interests
Dr. Aggarwal's research interests are in the area of nutritional epidemiology, obesity and chronic diseases. In particular, she is interested in better understanding of the pathways that may explain socioeconomic disparities in diets and health. Her current research is focusing on examining the role of four A's - access to food environment, availability, affordability and attitudes in determining diet quality and obesity across socioeconomic strata. She is also interested in examining culture-based beliefs and behaviors in relation to diets and health, both in developed and developing countries.

PhD, Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health 2011
MSc, Foods and Nutrition, Delhi University (India) 2003
BSc, Foods and Nutrition, Delhi University (India) 2001

Selected Publications
Black RE et al, Aggarwal A (Contributor). Maternal and Child Under nutrition: global and regional exposures and health consequences. The Lancet 2008; 371:243-260

Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Are socioeconomic disparities in diet quality explained by diet costs? JECH 2010 doi:10.1136/jech.2010.122333.

Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Moudon AV. The supermarket gap: How to ensure equitable access to healthy, affordable foods. Center for Public Health Nutrition, University of Washington, Research Brief; May 2010.

Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Cook AJ, Drewnowski A. Does diet cost mediate the relation between socioeconomic position and diet quality? EJCN Sep 2011;65(9):1059-66.

Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Following nutrient recommendations may lead to higher food costs for consumers. Health Affairs Aug 2011;30(8):1471-7.

Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Drewnowski A. Nutrient intakes linked to better health outcomes are associated with higher diet costs in the US. PLoS ONE 2012;7(5): e37533.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037533.

Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P, Moudon AV. Supermarket access and obesity: proximity or price? Am J Public Health, Aug 2012;102(8):e74-80

Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P, Rehm CD, Moudon AV. Food price, obesity and climate change. Am J Public Health Jan 2013.

Drewnowski A, Moudon AV, Jiao J, Aggarwal A, Charreire H, Chaix B. Food environment and socioeconomic status influence obesity rates in Seattle and in Paris. Int J Obesity 2013 doi:10.1038/ijo.2013.97

Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Cook AJ, Drewnowski A. Positive attitude toward healthy eating predicts higher diet quality at all cost levels of supermarkets. J Academy Nutrition & Dietetics (in press )

Last Reviewed on 8/7/2013

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