Jennifer L. Kuk

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

2002 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 20080

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2007
Queen's University

Selected Publications

1.         Reddigan JI, Riddell MC and Kuk JL: Physical activity level is as critical as glycemic control in predicting cardiovascular death and all cause mortality in the US population (Diabetelogia – In Press).

2.         Yates EA, MacPherson A, Kuk JL: Secular trends in the diagnosis & treatment of obesity among U.S. adults in the primary care setting (Obesity ­– In Press).

3.         Taing K. Ardern CI, Kuk JL: Effect of the Timing of Weight Cycling and Weight Variability During Adulthood on Mortality Risk in Women (Obesity – Feb: 20(2): 407-413, 2012).

4.         Wharton S, VanderLelie S, Sharma AM, Sharma S, Kuk JL: The short term effectiveness of a medically supervised, interdisciplinary program for obesity management in a Canadian setting (Canadian Family Physicians – Jan;58(1):e32-8, 2012).

5.         Reddigan JI, Ardern CI, Riddell MC and Kuk JL: Physical activity and cardiovascular disease mortality: The influence of cardiometabolic risk factors (Am J CardiologyNov; 15;108(10):1426-31, 2011).

6.         Kuk JL, Ardern CI, Church TS, Sharma AM, Padwal R, Sui X and Blair SN: Edmonton Obesity Staging System: Association with Weight History and Mortality Risk (APNM – Aug;36(4):570-6, 2011).

7.         Dogra S, Kuk JL, Baker J, Jamnik V: Exercise is a sustainable intervention for improved asthma control in adults (Eur J Resp –Feb;37(2):318-23, 2011).

8.         Reddigan JI, Ardern CI, Riddell MC and Kuk JL: Differences in the association between clinically relevant classifications of glycemia measures and all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality risk (J of Diab Met 1:106, 2010).

9.         Kuk JL and Ardern CI: Age and Sex Differences in the Clustering of Metabolic Syndrome Factors: Association with Mortality Risk (Diabetes Care Nov;33(11):2457-61, 2010).

10.       Kuk JL, Church TS, Blair SN, Ross R: Influence of Measurement Site on the Association between Visceral and Abdominal Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue with Metabolic Risk in Women (Obesity – Oct 18:1336-40, 2010).

11.       Kuk JL, Ardern CI:  Are metabolically normal but obese individuals at lower risk for all-cause mortality (Diabetes Care – Dec: 32(12):2297-2299, 2009).

12.       Kuk JL, Ardern CI:  The Influence of Age on the Association between Various Measures of Obesity and All-Cause Mortality (JAGS Nov;57(11):2077-84, 2009).

13.       Davidson LE, Hudson R, Kilpatrick K, Kuk JL, McMillan KP, Janiszewski PM, Lee SJ, Lam M, Ross R: Effects of Exercise Modality on Insulin Resistance and Functional Limitation in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. (Arch Int Med – 169(2):122-131, 2009).

14.      Ross R, Berentzen T, Bradshaw AJ, Janssen I, Kahn HS, Katzmarzyk PT, Kuk JL, Seidell JC, Snijder MB, Sørensen TIA, Després JP: Is the relationship between waist circumference, morbidity and mortality altered depending on measurement protocol for waist circumference? (Obesity Reviews – Jul;9(4):312-25, 2008).

15.      Kuk JL, Katzmarzyk PT, Nichaman MZ, Church TS, Blair SN, and Ross R.: Visceral Fat is an Independent Predictor of All-Cause Mortality in Men.  (Obesity – 14: 336-341, 2006).


Canadian Obesity Network
Member Scientific Committee (2006-2010) Student and New Professional Committee (2008-2010)

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Characterizing obesity and related health risks (cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes) and examining the influence of physical activity using both exercise interventions and epidemiological approaches.

Research Projects

Prevalence of Overweight and Metabolic Syndrome in Successful Clinical Paediatric Weight Loss Patients
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: York University

Project RADICAL: Race/ethnicity And the perception of Diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors In the context of CAnada’s Lifestyle and obesity guidelines
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Weight Management in Morbidly Obese Patients
We are working with a bariatric physician to determine the effectiveness of a clinical weight management program.
Role: Principal Investigator
Funded by: Other...