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Ana Karina Pastrana Polo

I am reg. dietitian and PhD student in the InSyNC doctoral programme. My research focuses on food insecurity among adolescents in Sweden as well as its relevance to dietitian practices.

Works at

Lärarutbildningshuset, Plan 4, Lärarutbildningshuset Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

My research focuses on adolescents who live in food insecurity in Sweden. Food insecurity implies a “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways”. This is a growing concern not only in third-world countries but also in welfare countries like Sweden. The research questions I am interested are how adolescents perceive and deal with food and meals in everyday life, their possibilities to reach energy and nutrient needs through their diet, as well as, if how, dietitians relate food insecurity to their practice.


I am a reg. dietitian, educated in Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá (Colombia). I wrote my bachelor´s thesis about food insecurity in families living on the country side in Colombia. I have a M.Sc. in Public Health from Umeå University.

I have experience working as a registered dietitian in both Colombia in clinical and community areas with a focus on children and adolescents, and in Sweden, where I have worked as clinical dietitian in pediatrics.