Imperial College London

DrMariachiaraDi Cesare

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Research Fellow







524Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I am Honorary Research Fellow in Population Health at Imperial College London after joining, as Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Middlesex University. I obtained a Master’s degree in statistics and demography and a PhD in Demography from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.

Much of my work has focused on health with special interest in risk factors associated to communicable and non-communicable diseases. In particular I have been working on inequalities in non communicable diseases, risk factors contribution to overall and chronic diseases mortality, and the role of early nutrition on child development. Also I have been working on reproductive health in developing countries focusing on adolescent reproductive behaviours and their impact on poverty.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Di Cesare M, Soric M, Bovet P, et al., 2019, The epidemiological burden of obesity in childhood: a worldwide epidemic requiring urgent action, BMC Medicine, Vol:17, ISSN:1741-7015

Bixby H, Bentham J, Zhou B, et al., 2019, Rising rural body-mass index is the main driver of the global obesity epidemic, Nature, Vol:569, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:260-264

NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), 2017, Worldwide trends in body-mass index, underweight, overweight, and obesity from 1975 to 2016: a pooled analysis of 2416 population-based measurement studies in 128·9 million children, adolescents, and adults., The Lancet, Vol:390, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:2627-2642

Lauby-Secretan B, Scoccianti C, Loomis D, et al., 2016, Body Fatness and Cancer - Viewpoint of the IARC Working Group, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:375, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:794-798

Bentham J, Di Cesare M, Stevens GA, et al., 2016, A century of trends in adult human height, Elife, Vol:5, ISSN:2050-084X

Di Cesare M, Bentham J, Stevens GA, et al., 2016, Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants, Lancet, Vol:387, ISSN:1474-547X, Pages:1377-1396

Hajifathalian K, Ueda P, Lu Y, et al., 2015, A novel risk score to predict cardiovascular disease risk in national populations (Globorisk): a pooled analysis of prospective cohorts and health examination surveys, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Vol:3, ISSN:2213-8587, Pages:339-355

Di Cesare M, Bhatti Z, Soofi SB, et al., 2015, Geographical and socioeconomic inequalities in women and children's nutritional status in Pakistan in 2011: an analysis of data from a nationally representative survey., The Lancet Global Health, Vol:3, ISSN:2214-109X, Pages:e229-e239

Di Cesare M, Sabates R, 2013, Access to antenatal care and children's cognitive development: a comparative analysis in Ethiopia, Peru, Vietnam and India, International Journal of Public Health, Vol:58, ISSN:1661-8556, Pages:459-467

Di Cesare M, Bennett JE, Best N, et al., 2013, The contributions of risk factor trends to cardiometabolic mortality decline in 26 industrialized countries, International Journal of Epidemiology, Vol:42, ISSN:0300-5771, Pages:838-848

Di Cesare M, Khang Y-H, Asaria P, et al., 2013, Inequalities in non-communicable diseases and effective responses, The Lancet, Vol:381, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:585-597

Murphy M, Di Cesare M, 2012, Use of an age-period-cohort model to reveal the impact of cigarette smoking on trends in Twentieth-century adult cohort mortality in England and Wales, Population Studies-a Journal of Demography, Vol:66, ISSN:0032-4728, Pages:259-277

Di Cesare M, Murphy M, 2010, Forecasting mortality, different approaches for different causes of death? The cases of lung cancer; influenza, pneumonia, and bronchitis; and motor vehicle accidents, British Actuarial Journal, Vol:15 (Supplement), Pages:185-211

Coppola L, Di Cesare M, 2008, How fertility and union stability interact in shaping new family patterns in Italy and Spain, Demographic Research, Vol:18, ISSN:1435-9871, Pages:117-144

Di Cesare M, 2008, An application of Boolean Analysis for the study of transition from traditional to non-traditional family and reproductive behaviors: the case of India, Genus, Vol:LXIV, Pages:137-154

Pinnelli A, Di Cesare M, 2005, Human fertility: sociodemographic aspects, Contraception, Vol:72, ISSN:0010-7824, Pages:303-307


Di Cesare M, Murphy M, 2012, Historical trends of mortality and its implications for health policies in England and. Wales: the cause-of-death approach, The Lse Companion to Health Policy, Editor(s): McGuire, Costa-font, Pages:283-296, ISBN:9781781004234

De Rose A, Di Cesare M, 2007, Gender patterns in the dissolution of first union, Genders in the life course, Editor(s): Pinnelli, Racioppi, Rettaroli, Springer Verlag, ISBN:9781402060014


Di Cesare M, 2011, El perfil epidemiológico de América Latina y el Caribe: desafíos, límites y acciones, Documento de proyecto, LC/W.395, Santiago, Chile

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