School of Public Health

Aggarwal, Anju

Anju Aggarwal

Acting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology


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

Contact Info

Center for Public Health Nutrition
Box 353410
327 Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-616-3264

Dr. Aggarwal is a Nutrition Epidemiologist with expertise in nutrition and biostatistics. Her academic background is in International Health and Nutrition. Her research deals with in-depth understanding of the psychosocial and environmental-level barriers in relation to nutrition-problems in the developed and the developing world. She brings expertise and experience in developing NIH grant proposals, managing nutrition projects at the national and international level, and statistical analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

Research Interests

Dr. Aggarwal’s current research focuses on interplay among food-related attitudes and cultural-based beliefs, nutrition economics, and the use of built environment in explaining diet and health disparities in the US. She is also interested in examining these interactions in the context of the dual burden of malnutrition in developing countries.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Aggarwal is a Co-instructor for Nutr 529B course: Nutrition Research Design. Also, she actively serves as a guest speaker for Nutrition courses, and mentor Masters Students for their thesis projects.


  1. Aggarwal A (Contributor). Maternal and Child Under nutrition: global and regional exposures and health consequences. The Lancet 2008; 371:243-260
  2. Hyder AA, Aggarwal A. The Increasing Burden of Injuries in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Making the Case for Safety Investments. Health Policy 2009 Jan; 89(1): 1-13.
  3. Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Are socioeconomic disparities in diet quality explained by diet costs? JECH 2010 doi:10.1136/jech.2010.122333.
  4. Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Cook AJ, Drewnowski A. Does diet cost mediate the relation between socioeconomic position and diet quality? EJCN 2011 doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.72
  5. Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Following nutrient recommendations may lead to higher food costs for consumers. Health Affairs 2011 Aug;30(8):1471-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2010.1273
  6. 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.
  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
  8. Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P, Moudon AV. Obesity and supermarket access: proximity or price? Am J Public Health 2012 Aug;102(8):e74-80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300660
  9. Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P, Rehm CD, Moudon AV. Food price, obesity and climate change. Am J Public Health Jan 2013.
  10. 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
  11. Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Cook AJ, Drewnowski A. Positive attitude toward healthy eating predicts higher diet quality at all cost levels of supermarkets. J Acad Nutr Diet 2013 Aug 2. pii: S2212-2672(13)00684-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2013.06.006.
  12. Aggarwal A, Andrea J Cook, Junfeng Jiao, Rebecca A Seguin, Anne Vernez Moudon, Philip M Hurvitz, Adam Drewnowski. Access to supermarkets and fruit and vegetable consumption. Am J Pub Health, March 2014 doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301763.
  13. Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Rehm CD, Cohen-Cline H, Hurvitz PM, Moudon AV. Environments perceived as obesogenic have lower residential property values. Am J Prev Med 2014 Sep;47(3):260-74. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.05.006. Epub 2014 Jul 19.
  14. Monsivais P, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A. Time spent on home food preparation and indicators of healthy eating. Am J Prev Med 2014 Sep 9. pii: S0749-3797(14)00400-0. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.07.033
  15. Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Tang AV, Moudon AV. Residential property values predict obesity but do not predict 1-year weight change. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Feb 13. doi: 10.1002/oby.20989.
  16. Tang W, Aggarwal A, Liu Z, Acheson M, Rehm C, Moudon AV, Drewnowski A. Validating self-reported food expenditures against food store and eating-out receipts. Eur J Clin Nutr. (in press)
  17. Tang W, Aggarwal A, Moudon AV, Drewnowski A. Self-reported and measured weights and heights among adults in Seattle and King County. BMC Obesity (in press)
  18.  Seguin R, Aggarwal A, Vermeylen F, Drewnowski A. Consumption frequency of foods away from home linked with higher body mass index and lower diet quality in adults: a cross sectional study. J Env. & Public Health (in press)
  19. Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Cook A, Stewart O, Moudon AV. Geographic disparities in Healthy Eating Index scores (HEI-2005 and 2010) by residential property values: Findings from Seattle Obesity Study (SOS). Prev Med. (in press).


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