Rebecca Kanter

Rebecca Kanter
University of Chile · Departamento de Nutrición

PhD Intl Health-Nutrition

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Introduction
Research focuses on sustainable food systems and within that, sustainable diets; especially in Latin America and through systems thinking. Research in Latin America or another LMIC itself is essential for the capacity building of investigators that can only occur in person. In addition, we need to improve the motivation and incentives for those who seek training abroad to return to Latin America or another LMIC region to continue high-level research and capacity building in LMIC. Meliora
Additional affiliations
January 2018 - present
University of Chile
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2015 - October 2017
University of Chile
Position
  • Research Associate
October 2013 - November 2014
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
September 2006 - June 2011
Johns Hopkins University
Field of study
  • Public Health
September 2002 - May 2006
University of Rochester
Field of study
  • Take 5
September 2001 - May 2005
University of Rochester
Field of study
  • Biochemistry

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Publications (46)
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There is a global obesity pandemic. However, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among men and women varies greatly within and between countries, and overall, more women are obese than men. These gender disparities in overweight and obesity are exacerbated among women in developing countries, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Y...
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Agriculture and food systems are important determinants of nutrition and consequent public health. However, an understanding of the links among agriculture, food systems, nutrition, public health and the associated policy levers, is relatively under-developed. A framework conceptualizing these key relationships, relevant to a range of country conte...
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Abstract Background: The global obesity pandemic and rates of nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have increased worldwide, especially in the Latin American and Caribbean region. In an attempt to control this obesity epidemic, the Chilean government has established a comprehensive set of regulatory actions, including beverage taxation...
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This study evaluated the anticipated food and beverage product reformulation by industry before the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising (Law 20.606) was implemented in June 2016 requiring a front‐of‐package (FOP) warning label for products high in sodium, total sugars, saturated fats, and/or total energy. Fieldworkers photographed a purpos...
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Traditional diets reflect different cultures and geographical locations, and may provide healthy diet options. In Chile, it is unknown whether traditional culinary preparations are still remembered, let alone consumed. Therefore, we adapted methods to identify traditional culinary preparations for healthy and sustainable dietary interventions. In C...
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Fruit and vegetable consumption is recommended in numerous food-based dietary guidelines and forms a key recommendation in many international statements related to healthy diets. There are thousands of fruit and vegetable species from which to choose, but despite this abundance from nature populations in most countries neither produce nor consume t...
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Purpose of Review Food culture is a ubiquitous aspect of all societies. This review provides an overview of methods for measuring food culture, and emphasizes the importance of these measures not just for description, but also for strengthening public health practice, primarily through the development of better interventions; to monitor and evaluat...
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Background In June 2016, the first phase of the Chilean Food Labelling and Advertising Law that mandated front-of-package warning labels and marketing restrictions for unhealthy foods and beverages was implemented. We assess foods and beverages reformulation after this initial implementation. Methods and findings A data set with the 2015 to 2017 n...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is superimposed on the existing challenges of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change. Currently, Chile is still facing the worst drought on record, which will continue to negatively affect agriculture. In Chile, COVID-19 also comes on top of a social crisis that began on October 18, 2019, and was driven by the cumulative...
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Objectives: The high prevalences of ultra-processed foods and obesity in Chile, with increasing climate change, signal an urgent need for novel analyses to characterize sustainable diets. Therefore, the study objective was to describe the sustainability of 24 highly consumed and liked traditional Chilean culinary preparations (dishes) as perceived...
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Objectives: It is important to examine if healthy traditional culinary preparations can potentially be restored in the Chilean diet to promote sustainable diets and improve food choices, especially in vulnerable areas. Therefore, the study objective was to design and implement healthy and sustainable diet interventions at farmers markets in poor a...
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Objectives: The current food environment includes what people remember to cook. Therefore, the objective of this study was to describe and compare the traditional Chilean culinary preparations that currently exist in memory by geographic area [Metropolitan Region (RM) and La Araucanía (AR)] and by socio-demographic factors (age, ethnicity). Metho...
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This study aimed to evaluate the composition of the food supply ahead of the implementation of the Chilean Law of Food Labeling and Advertising (Law 20.606) in June 2016. The INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Research, Monitoring and Action Support) framework for monitoring the composition of the...
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Background: Chile has a very high prevalence of childhood obesity; 25% among 4–5 y olds. Numerous school-based strategies have been implemented with no lasting improvement. Given that parents are key in obesity prevention and that their participation in programs is low, mobile technology is increasingly being used to test its effectiveness in chang...
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Response to ‘Front-of-package nutrition labels need to be assessed on their nutrition science rigour’ by Lawrence and Woods - Rebecca Kanter, Lana Vanderlee, Stefanie Vandevijvere
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Front-of-package nutrition labelling policy: global progress and future directions - Rebecca Kanter, Lana Vanderlee, Stefanie Vandevijvere
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Background The uptake of an intervention aimed at improving health-related lifestyles may be influenced by the participant’s stage of readiness to change behaviors. Objective We conducted secondary analysis of the Grupo de Investigación en Salud Móvil en América Latina (GISMAL) trial according to levels of uptake of intervention (dose-response) to...
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BACKGROUND The uptake of an intervention aimed at improving health-related lifestyles may be influenced by the participant’s stage of readiness to change behaviors. OBJECTIVE We conducted secondary analysis of the Grupo de Investigación en Salud Móvil en América Latina (GISMAL) trial according to levels of uptake of intervention (dose-response) to...
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Objective Front-of-package (FOP) marketing strategies of a wide variety of beverages were catalogued to examine the prevalence of each strategy prior to a sweeping Chilean restriction of child-directed marketing aimed at reducing obesity-related disease among Chile’s youth. Design Photographs of 1005 beverage packages were quantitatively content-a...
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The dietary practices of diverse population groups, associated with the nutritional transition and the rapid demographic changes occurring globally require more attention to the food preferences of migrant groups such as Latinos living in the United States United States of America (US). This work aimed at the performance of an instrument utilized t...
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Background: Poor diet and physical inactivity strongly affect the growing epidemic of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Mobile phone-based health interventions (mHealth) have been shown to help promote weight loss and increase physical activity and are an attractive approach for health-care systems with limited resources. We aimed to assess whethe...
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An estimated 30 percent of the global food supply is lost or wasted, as is about 40 percent of the US food supply. There are valuable synergies between efforts to reduce food loss and waste and those promoting public health. To demonstrate the potential impact of building upon these synergies, we present an analysis of policies and interventions ad...
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Objectives. To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention based on mobile health, for the adoption of healthy lifestyles in prehypertensive people living in low-income urban areas in Argentina, Guatemala and Peru. Materials and methods. Prehypertensive people aged 30-60 years were recruited for a pilot study. The intervention inc...
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To evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention based on mobile health, for the adoption of healthy lifestyles in prehypertensive people living in low-income urban areas in Argentina, Guatemala and Peru. Prehypertensive people aged 30-60 years were recruited for a pilot study. The intervention included two counseling calls made by...
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Background: Mobile health (mHealth) has been posited to contribute to the reduction in health gaps and has shown fast and widespread growth in developing countries. This growth demands understanding of, and preparedness for, local cultural contexts. Objective: To describe the design and validation of text messages (short message service, SMS) that...
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The present study describes the processes related to the implementation of mHealth interventions for lifestyle modification in a randomized controlled trial conducted with prehypertensive subjects in Argentina, Guatemala, and Peru from low-resource settings. In the intervention group, participants received, during the course of a year, a monthly co...
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Background: As the prevalence of obesity increases in developing countries, the double burden of malnutrition (DBM) has become a public health problem, particularly in countries such as Guatemala with a high concentration of indigenous communities where the prevalence of stunting remains high. Objective: The aim was to describe and analyze the p...
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Background. Consumer nutrition environment measures are important to understanding the food environment, which affects individual dietary intake. A nutrition environment measures survey for supermarkets (NEMS-S) has been designed on paper for use in Guatemala. However, a paper survey is not an inconspicuous data collection method. Objective. To de...
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To estimate the prevalence of overweight, obesity and central adiposity in Mexico, and to explore trends compared to the previous Mexican National Health Survey (ENSA 2000) and to Mexican-Americans. The Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey 2006 (ENSANUT 2006) was used to describe overweight, obesity and central adiposity. Trends over time w...
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OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of overweight, obesity and central adiposity in Mexico, and to explore trends compared to the previous Mexican National Health Survey (ENSA 2000) and to Mexican-Americans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The Mexican National Health and Nutrition Survey 2006 (ENSANUT 2006) was used to describe overweight, obesity and cent...

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INFORMAS (International Network for Food and Obesity / non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support) is a global network of public-interest organisations and researchers that aims to monitor, benchmark and support public and private sector actions to create healthy food environments and reduce obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their related inequalities.