Weight/Obesity - Dietary Approaches

Pathway Contributor: Gail Marchessault

Credentials:
BHE, MSc, PhD

Bio:
Gail graduated with a Bachelor of Home Economics from the University of Manitoba, completed a therapeutic nutrition internship at Kingston General Hospital and after working as a hospital dietitian and a community nutritionist with First Nations people for 10 years, completed a doctorate in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Gail is currently a health writer and qualitative research consultant with an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Additionally, she has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba, a qualitative researcher for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, a columnist for the Winnipeg Sun and associate editor of Healthy Weight Journal. Gail’s research focused on cultural understandings about weight, including projects with adolescent girls and their mothers (including non-Aboriginal, Métis and First Nations families), First Nations youth in northern Manitoba and Canadian dietitians’ understanding of non-diet approaches in weight management. Gail has delivered numerous conference presentations and articles or reviews for scientific and professional audiences.

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