Last updated on: 1/25/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Baqiyyah Conway, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Fellow in Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
Reasoning:

“Contrary to just being a medical condition or risk factor for other diseases, obesity is a complex disease of multifaceted aetiology, with its own disabling capacities, pathophysiologies and comorbidities. It meets the medical definition of disease in that it is a physiological dysfunction of the human organism with environmental, genetic and endocrinological aetiologies. It is a response to environmental stimuli, genetic predisposition and abnormalities, and has a characteristic set of signs and symptoms with consistent anatomical alterations. Excess adipose tissue increases the work of the heart and leads to anatomical changes in this organ. It alters pulmonary, endocrine and immunological functions, all with adverse effects on health. Some of the complications of obesity include cardiovascular disease, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis and cancer. Given the excess mortality, substantial morbidity and the economic toll of obesity, this is a disease that warrants serious attention by the medical community.”

“Obesity as a Disease: No Lightweight Matter,” Obesity Reviews, May 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs or PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to obesity and health.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University
Education:
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • MPH, University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, 2004
  • MA, University of Birmingham, 2000
  • BS, Andrews University, 1999
  • BS, Weimar College, 1992
Contact Info:
Phone
615-936-1168
Email
baqiyyah.conway@vanderbilt.edu
Website
LinkedIn profile
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