Lunch hour lectures repository Spring 2009
- Does rule learning make us human?
- The man who invented the concept of pi: William Jones and his circle
- President Obama and America in the World: from inauguration to action
- The Reception of Homer in Byzantium
- Photodynamic Therapy: using light in a gentle approach to cancer therapy by remote control
- One World Week
- Still no black in the union jack
- Darwin Day
- Modelling how water vapour absorbs light
- Children and the environment: independence or obesity?
- Physiology on top of the world - Xtreme Everest
- The future of Brazil
- Sorry, can you say that again..?
- One person households - a resource time bomb?
- Mimicking tissue growth: towards customised, while-you-wait tissue fabrication
- What have the lawyers ever done for us? Law, culture and international agricultural trade
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Children and the environment: independence or obesity?
3 December 2008
Professor Roger Mackett (UCL Centre for Transport Studies)
Modern parents face a dilemma: do they let their children go out where they risk being run over or abducted, or do they keep them indoors where they risk becoming obese? This lecture will explore this dilemma using findings from inter-disciplinary research carried out at UCL. This has involved fitting children with GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) monitors and activity monitors, and asking them to complete diaries and questionnaires. It will be shown that preventing children from going out independently may deprive them of the opportunity to gain important experience by exploring the local environment and establishing social networks.
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