Samira Lekhal

Chairman of the board and project manager

Samira Lekhal has studied medicine and psychology, is a specialist in internal medicine and has a doctorate in prevention of obesity and lifestyle disease is among the leading experts in obesity and life diseases in Norway.

In GreeNudge, Samira works to promote health and sustainability through nudging/behavioral economics and collaborates with several of Norway’s largest food producers. Samira leads the work on how the design of grocery stores and canteens can influence customers to choose healthier and more sustainable. Samira also holds lectures and courses.

Samira is the head for the children and youth department at the Morbid Obesity Centre, Vestfold Hospital Trust. She also leads the national competence program “From Knowledge to Action – Overweight and obesity in children and adolescents”, that aims at promoting healthy eating habits and prevent overweight and lifestyle disease in children and adolescents. Samira is the initiator and leader of the GreeNudge project «Healthier Kids», which works on improving the quality of food in Norwegian kindergartens and after-school programs.


Scientific publications:

Slapø H, Schjøll A, Karevold KI, Sandaker I, Lekhal S. Using choice architecture interventions to nudge costumers towards healthier food purchases in real-life grocery stores. A review. (In review)

Benestad B, Júlíusson BP, Siegfried W, Lekhal S, Småstuen MC, Hertel JK, Agosti F, Marazzi N, Hjelmesæth J, Sartorio A. Cardiometabolic risk factors differ among adolescents with obesity in three European countries. Acta Paediatrica. 2019

Benestad B, Júlíusson BP, Siegfried W, Lekhal S, Småstuen MC, Hertel JK, Fiorenza A, Marazzi N, Hjelmesæth S, Sartorio A. Health-related quality of life after camp-based family obesity treatment – an RCT. BMJ Paediatrics. 2019

Lekhal S, Slapø H, Schjøll A, Bugge A, Karevold KI. Atferdsøkonomiske virkemidler i helsefremmende arbeid: hvordan kan utforming av restauranter og kantiner fremme sunnere valg? Norsk Tidsskrift for Ernæring. 2019

Júlíusson PB, Roelants M, Benestad B, Lekhal S, Danielsen Y, Hjelmesaeth J, Hertel JK. Severe obesity is a limitation for the use of body mass index standard deviation scores in children and adolescents. Acta Paediatr. 2018

Barstad LH, Júlíusson PB, Johnson LK, Hertel JK, Lekhal S, Hjelmesæth J. Gender-related differences in cardimetabolic risk factors and lifestyle behviours in treatment-seeking adolescents with severe obesity. BMC Pediatr. 2018

Karevold KI, Lekhal S, Slapø H. Hvordan påvirke forbruker til å velge sunnere mat? Endringer i omgivelsene kan fremme sunnere valg. Norsk tidsskrift for Ernæring. 2017

Lekhal S. Barn med alvorlig fedme – utredning, behandling og oppfølging. Norsk Tidsskrift for ernæring. 2017

Benestad B, Lekhal S, Småstuen M, Hertel J, Halsteinli V, Ødegård R, Hjelmesæth J. Camp-based family treatment of childhood obesity – randomized controlled trial. Arch Dis Child 2016

Larsen MA, Goll R, Lekhal S, Moen OS, Florholmen J. Delayed clearance of triglyceride – rich lipoproteins in young, healthy obese subjects. Clinial Obes. 2015

Lekhal S, Børvik T, Brodin E, Nordøy A, Hansen JB. Tissue factor-induced thrombin generation in the fasting and postprandial state among elderly survivors of myocardial infarction. Thrombosis Research. 2010

Lekhal S, Børvik T, Nordøy A, Hansen JB. Increased postprandial triglyceride-rich lipoprotein levels in elderly survivors of myocardial infarction. Lipids. 2008

Lekhal S, Børvik T, Nordøy A, Hansen JB. Decreased lipoprotein lipase activity and increased postprandial concentrations of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins in offspring of elderly survivors of myocardial infarction. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2008