In the Narrative Matters essay in the April Health Affairs issue,  Laura Blinkhorn and Mascha Davis write about how working with an obese woman in a Gabon hospital led them to seek solutions to obesity and its related health problems in the developing world. “Public health campaigns, government regulation, and improved education are necessary to bring about real change,” write Blinkhorn, a fourth-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, and Davis, a registered dietician and public health professional who lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and works for Catholic Relief Services.

The full essay, “Tackling The Weight Of The World: What One African Woman Taught Us About Global Obesity,” is freely available in full to all readers. You can also listen to Davis read the essay by visiting the Narrative Matters archive, where you can access written and audio versions of prior essays as well. Narrative Matters is supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.