Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in recent decades, and its development obviously coincides with being overweight or obese. The significant changes in dietary patterns are linked to MetS's features, which include an unhealthy diet, higher consumption of meats and processed foods, a higher consumption of foods containing saturated fats and a reduction of fruits and vegetables consumption. Thus, modification in diet and acquisition of healthier habits in physical activity is the first and most crucial step to preventing and treating MetS. There is a paucity of evidence reflecting the role of nutrition as a risk factor for NCDs development in Vietnam. Therefore, we aim to identify how nutrition status, dietary patterns, and physical activity contribute to MetS development.

Kim Anh Dang is a Vietnamese researcher in the early stage of her career. She completed her Doctor of Medicine in 2018 and Master of Public Health in 2019 at the Hanoi Medical University, in which her thesis focused on Nutrition and Dietetics. And now, she is a lecturer at the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, Hanoi Medical University. She has extensive experience in community nutrition and medical statistics. Her key skills are investigating the potential human health risks of non-communicable diseases from dietary patterns and food environments. Kim Anh began her PhD in 2021, aiming to investigate obesity and metabolic syndrome-related issues.

Please note, this is a PhD student Progress Review.