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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘The psychological consequences of weight loss in the general population’

Speaker: Ms Sarah Young

Date & Time: Friday 12th October 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38

Abstract

Obesity is a serious health risk which has grave effects on physical and psychological health and incurs substantial economic cost.  Obese individuals are encouraged to lose weight, and the majority report wanting or actively trying to do so.  Significant benefits of weight loss on markers of physical health in obese adults have been demonstrated in both clinical weight loss trials and population-based cohort studies.  However, while treatment trials indicate similar benefits of weight loss for psychological wellbeing, a lack of population-based evidence raises questions about whether the effects are so positive outside of the trial context, particularly given what little general-population research has been published to date indicates adverse psychological effects of losing weight.

This PhD will use data from overweight and obese adults in longitudinal, population-based cohorts to take a closer look at the psychological consequences of losing weight in the general population.  It aims to identify who is losing weight and how it affects psychological wellbeing, and examine why there might be different effects in treatment trials and population-based studies.

Sarah graduated in 2009 with a First Class Honours degree in Psychology from University of Sussex, and then went on to complete an MSc in Clinical Nutrition at Roehampton University.  She joined the Health Behaviour Research Centre in 2010 to undertake her PhD under the supervision of Professor Andrew Steptoe, Professor Jane Wardle and Dr Rebecca Beeken.  She is jointly funded by the MRC and ESRC. 

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