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Maria Somaraki

doctoral student at Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics

+4618-471 2340
018-471 2261
Visiting address:
Husargatan 3
752 37 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 560
751 22 UPPSALA

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I am born on the Greek Island Crete where Mediterranean food has a special place in our hearts. I have studied to become a clinical dietitian in Greece. Since August 2016 I have been a PhD student at the Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.


My research experience includes two research projects in the realm of obesity-related parent-child interactions. First, I investigated maternal feeding practices with regard to maternal migrant background based on data from three cohorts in Sweden (over 1,000 participants). Then, I set out to explore perceived child eating behaviours in a multicultural sample in Sweden. These studies have been published in peer-reviewed  journals and the major findings have been presented at European conferences. 

My next research project is part of the More and Less study, M&L. It is a randomised controlled trial that aims to evaluate the effectiveness of obesity treatment in children four to six years old at 1-year and 4-year postbaseline. The project focuses on evidence-based parenting practices and my objective is to identify the role of parental feeding practices and child eating behaviours in obesity treatment using longitudinal data and measurements at the different time points.

Thesis title: “Early obesity: Parental feeding, child eating behaviours and effects of interventions”

Supervisor: Paulina Nowicka, Associate Professor, Uppsala University

Co-supervisors: Christine Persson Osowski, Associate Senior Lecturer, Uppsala University and  Anna Ek, Postdoctoral Fellow, Karolinska Institutet


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