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Larissa Loures Mendes

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Research Interests
food environment
public health
food consumption
food security

Nutritionist graduated from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (2005). She completed her PhD in Nursing at the Nursing School of the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2013. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She leads the Group of Studies, Research and Practices in Food, Environment and Health (GEPPAAS) and is a member of the Belo Horizonte Urban Health Observatory (OSUBH), the Research Group in Epidemiology, Nutrition and Public Health (PENSAP) and the research group Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy. She has experience in Public Health Nutrition, working mainly on the following topics: nutrition, chronic non-communicable diseases, nutritional epidemiology and food environment analysis. She is a productivity fellow of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq/Brazil).


Professor of nutrition and public health at undergraduate level.Professor in the Postgraduate Programs in Health Nutrition, Child and Adolescent Health and Public Health, all at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Main Publications

ASSIS, M. M.; PESSOA, M. C.; GRATAO, L. H. A.; CARMO, A. S.; JARDIM, M. Z.; CUNHA, C. F.; OLIVEIRA, T. R. P. R.; ROCHA, L. L.; SILVA, U. M.; MENDES, LL . Are the laws restricting the sale of food and beverages in school cafeterias associated with obesity in adolescents in Brazilian state capitals?. FOOD POLICY, v. 114, p. 102402, 2023.

Andretti, B.; Cardoso, L. O.; Honório, O. S.; de Castro Junior, P. C. P.; Tavares, L. F.; da Costa Gaspar da Silva, I.; Mendes, Larissa Loures . Ecological study of the association between socioeconomic inequality and food deserts and swamps around schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, v. 23, p. 120, 2023

MENDES, LL; ROCHA, L. L; BOTELHO, L. V.; MENEZES, M. C.; CASTRO JUNIOR, P. C. P.; CAMARA, A. O.; CARDOSO, L. O.; CASTRO, I. R. R; HORTA, P. M.;  PESSOA, M. C.; VEIROS, M. B.; CANELLA, D. S. Scientific research on food environments in Brazil: a scoping review. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, p. 1-10, 2023.

GOMES, C. S.; SOUZA, M. A.; MENDES, L. L.; AZEVEDO, M. C.; MELENDEZ-VELAQUEZ, G. . Spatial distribution of sedentary behavior and unhealthy eating habits in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: the role of the neighborhood environment. Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, v. 27, p. 1503-1512, 2022.

HORTA, PAULA MARTINS; SOUZA, JULIANA DE PAULA MATOS; Mendes, Larissa Loures . Food promoted on an online food delivery platform in a Brazilian metropolis during the COVID-19 pandemic: a longitudinal analysis. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, v. 1, p. 1-10, 2022.

Research Projects

Obesogenic Environments, Ultra-processed Food Consumption and the Nutritional Status of Adolescents. Funding: CNPq/Brazil

Evaluation of the Food Environment around Public and Private Schools in the City of Belo Horizonte. Funding: CNPq/Brazil and FAPEMIG/Brazil