Mohammed Hudda is a PhD student in applied medical statistician within the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, University of London with research interests in childhood obesity and health inequalities.
His current research is focused on improving the assessment of body fatness and obesity in the childhood population, with a particular focus on those of South Asian and Black African origin. Body Mass Index (BMI), the most widely used measure of obesity, does not provide accurate assessment of body fatness for UK children especially amongst those of South Asian and Black African origin. This is of particular concern due to the elevated risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular diseases in these two ethnic minority groups. Accurate assessments of body fat are crucial for the prevention, diagnosis and management of childhood obesity, a major public health challenge.
Mohammed has recently developed a novel method for estimating childhood body fatness levels which uses routinely available measures of height, weight, sex, age and ethnicity (if available).
Mohammed completed his MSc in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2013 and worked at the University of Cambridge before joining St George’s in 2015. He initially joined as a Research Fellow to work on a British Heart Foundation funded project investigating the assessments of body fatness, overweight and obesity in UK children.
He was since awarded a British Heart Foundation PhD Studentship in the summer of 2017.
Mohammed has been presented at numerous national and international conferences including being awarded a prize for an oral presentation at The Lancet Public Health Conference in 2017 and a Travel Grant to present ongoing work at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes conference in 2019.
He was also awarded the Faculty of Public Health Sam Ramaiah prize for his work seeking to improve the health of ethnic minority groups.