Redefining Obesity: Obesity and Adverse Childhood Events

Dr. Sheila McDonald is a Research Scientist in Maternal Child Health and acting Director in the Department of Research and Innovation, Population, Public and Indigenous Health at Alberta Health Services. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Lead Scientist of the All Our Families Albertan pregnancy cohort. Dr. McDonald’s research program focuses on the influence of early adversity on trajectories of health and development and risk and resilience factors for child development. Dr Laura McLeod is a Medical Officer of Health in the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services, and on the provincial Injury Prevention Steering Committee, responsible for domestic violence prevention. She is a member of the Diabetes, Obesity and Network Strategic Clinical Network, the Chronic Disease Prevention Coordinating Committee and the Alberta ACEs task force. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dept of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, and a member of the O’Brien Institute of Public Health. Her work on ACEs was inspired by learning of the connection of ACEs to obesity and domestic violence, and the need for public health to look further upstream in its prevention work.

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