Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 132–139 | Cite as

Socioeconomic Status, Risk of Obesity, and the Importance of Albert J. Stunkard

  • Gregory Pavela
  • Dwight W. Lewis
  • Julie Locher
  • David B. Allison
Psychological Issues (M Hetherington and V Drapeau, Section Editors)
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Albert J. Stunkard’s influential career in obesity research spanned over 50 years and included several landmark studies on social factors related to obesity. This review discusses the important contributions Stunkard made to research on the relationship between socioeconomic status socioeconomic status and obesity, extensions of his work, and reflects on Stunkard’s role in the mentoring of succeeding generations of scientists.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gregory Pavela
    • 1
  • Dwight W. Lewis
    • 2
  • Julie Locher
    • 3
    • 4
  • David B. Allison
    • 5
  1. 1.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.The University of Alabama School of Medicine (Tuscaloosa Regional Campus)TuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.Section of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Departments of Medicine, School of MedicineUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public HealthUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  5. 5.Nutrition Obesity Research CenterUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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