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Pablo Monsivais


Dr Monsivais a public health researcher based at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).  He is interested in the social determinants of food consumption, obesity and health.  Fundamentally, Pablo’s  research programme is aiming to uncover why the highest rates of obesity and chronic disease occur in people of low socioeconomic status.  To that end, his research group is investigating the mechanisms that give rise to socioeconomic gradients in food consumption, diet quality, obesity and health.

Subject groups/Research projects

Health and Medicine:

Faculties and Departments

School of Clinical Medicine:

Research Interests

Of particular interest are the social and economic pathways that couple low socioeconomic status with poor diet.  Food costs and other economic factors, social context and neighourhood patterns of food availability are some of the factors being investigated.  A second area of our research is in measuring the effects of nutrition and public health programmes and interventions on food consumption and the nutritional quality of the diet.  This work also extends to the use of modeling and other analytical approaches to identify cost-sensitive ways of improving nutrition at the population level.

Key Publications

(2014) Burgoine T, Forouhi NG, Griffin SJ, Wareham NJ, Monsivais P. Associations between exposure to takeaway food outlets, takeaway food consumption, and body weight in Cambridgeshire, UK: population based, cross sectional study. BMJ 348:g1464

(2013) Conklin AI, Forouhi NG, Suhrcke M, Surtees P, Wareham NJ, Monsivais P. Socioeconomic status, financial hardship and measured obesity in older adults: a cross-sectional study of the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. BMC Pub Health. 13:1039. [Epub ahead of print]

(2013) Monsivais P, Perrigue MM, Adams SL, Drewnowski A.  Measuring diet cost at the individual level: a comparison of three methods. Eur J Clin Nutr. 67:1220-5

(2013) Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Cook AJ.Drewnowski A.  Variation in diet quality among supermarket shoppers is partly explained by attitudes toward healthy foods.  J Am Nutr Diet.114:266-72

(2013) Monsivais P, Rehm CD, Drewnowski A.  DASH eating patterns are not associated with significantly higher diet costs for some US ethnic minority groups. JAMA Int Med. 173:1922-4

(2013) Conklin AI, Forouhi N, Surtees N, Khaw KT, Wareham NJ, Monsivais P.  Social relationships and healthful dietary behaviours: Evidence from over-50s in the EPIC cohort, UK.  Soc Sci Med. 100:167-75.

(2013) Burgoine T, Monsivais P.  Characterising food environment exposure at home, at work, and along commuting journeys using data on adults in the UK.  Int J Phys Act Behav Nutr. 10:85.

(2013) Conklin AI, Maguire ER, Monsivais P.  Economic determinants of diet in older adults: systematic review.  J Epi Com Health. 67:721-7

(2013) Maillot M, Monsivais P, Drewnowski A.  Food pattern modeling shows that the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for sodium and potassium cannot be met simultaneously. Nutr Res. 33:188-94.

(2012) Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Hurvitz PM, Monsivais P,Vernez Moudon A.  Obesity and supermarket access: proximity or price?  Am J Pub Health. 102:e74-80.

(2012) Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Drewnowski A.  Nutrient intakes linked to better health outcomes are associated with higher diet costs in the US. PLoS One. 7:e37533.

(2012) Monsivais P, Rehm CD. Nutrition and cost effects of replacing juice with fruit in the diets of American children.  Arch Ped Adol Med.  166:459-64.

(2012) Monsivais P, Johnson, DB. Improving nutrition in home child care: are food costs a barrier? Pub Health Nutr.15:370-6

(2011Rehm CD, Monsivais P, Drewnowski A.  The monetary cost and quality of diets consumed by socio-demographic groups in the United States. Am J Clin Nutr.94:1333-9.

(2011) Monsivais P, Aggarwal, A, Drewnowski A. Following Federal Guidelines To Increase Nutrient Consumption May Lead To Higher Food Costs For Consumers. Health Affairs. 30:1471-1477

(2011) Aggarwal A, Monsivais P, Drewnowski A. Does diet cost mediate the relation between socioeconomic position and diet quality?Eur J Clin Nutr. 65:1059-66.

 (2011) Monsivais P, Kirkpatrick S, Johnson DB. More nutritious food is served in child care homes receiving higher federal food subsidies. J Am Diet Assoc. 111:721-6.

(2012) Monsivais P, Aggarwal, A, Drewnowski A. Are socioeconomic disparities in diet quality explained by diet cost?  J Epi Com Health.66:530-5.

(2010) Monsivais P, Mclain J, Drewnowski A. The rising disparity in the price of healthful foods 2004-2008.  Food Policy. 35:514-520.