2004 - 2005 Sanofi-Synthelabo/HSFC Target Obesity Research Fellowship - Kestens

Dr. Yan Kestens
Université de Montréal

Dr. Yan Kestens is putting the city of Montréal under a microscope to see if we are shaped – literally – by the cities we live in. We may be more likely to drive in neighbourhoods with poor walking conditions and less likely to jog in high-crime areas. Stressful environments may lead us to crave unhealthy foods. Dr. Kestens will examine how our environment influences our behaviour and could lead to obesity.
Dr. Kestens will compare pre-existing data to find out if our social and physical environments affect health, health risk, and health behaviours. This information could support the targeted revitalization of areas with high obesity rates and provide a strong evidence base for the development of healthier cities in the future. By encouraging healthier lifestyles in our cities, we could lower the incidence of heart disease and other conditions linked to obesity.
Dr. Kestens is a post-doctoral fellow in the social preventive medicine program at l’Université de Montréal. He has an MA in geography and a PhD in urban planning from l’Université Laval. Dr. Kestens will be training under Dr. Mark Daniel, leader of the Canadian Research Chair in Social Epidemiology.
This HSFC, Canadian Diabetes Association, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research partnership aims to build capacity for research training in the area of obesity.
Supported by Sanofi-Synthelabo