New PhD student

Christine Friis Baker is a new PhD student at CFA

25.09.2020 | Line Kjær Vesterbæk

Christine Friis Baker

Christine Friis Baker. Foto: privat

My project is about how children with obesity and their families, relate to and use science-based information in their everyday lives.  

Obesity in childhood affects 3-4% of school age children in Denmark, and is associated with poor physical and mental health, including a range of adverse health outcomes during the life span.

In the public sector, several health promoting interventions have been developed to help children with obesity develop healthier habits and ultimately reduce their BMI. While there is currently no consensus regarding what intervention content exactly constitutes best practice, researchers generally agree that rather than focusing on individual factors for each child, it is important to incorporate the children’s families in these interventions, as the everyday lives and habits of the children are heavily influenced by the families and the surroundings they live in. However, despite several research projects and practical involvement from a range of health professionals and researchers in childhood obesity, these interventions have shown modest results in terms of adherence to changes in health behavior and ultimately weight loss. 

By investigating how this particular segment of the public perceive science and seek to implement science-based advice into their everyday lives, the project connects theory from Public Understanding of Science discussions to practices surrounding health behavior and behavior change. My supervisors are Niels Mejlgaard and Tine Ravn.  

I hold a MSc in Health Science from Aarhus University and have worked as a research assistant at CFA for one and a half years. When I’m not at uni I like paddle boarding, yoga-ing, walking in the forest and hanging out with my family.