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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘Preventing Obesity in young people attending primary dental care settings: an exploratory RCT’

Speaker: Ms Huda Yusuf

Date & Time: Friday 2nd March 1pm-2pm

Venue: G37 & G38


Childhood obesity is a significant public health problem worldwide, including the UK. Epidemiological and intervention studies have highlighted the important role of sugars, particularly from soft drinks, on the development of obesity. Sugars consumption is also directly related to development of dental caries. Given that obesity and dental caries are avoidable, preventive interventions that tackle both would be beneficial in terms of both oral and general health. Recent NICE guidance has highlighted the need for effective preventive interventions, especially in primary care to tackle obesity.

Primary dental care services have been historically underutilised as a potential research setting for health promotion.  The proposed exploratory trial aims to assess the feasibility of an obesity preventive intervention in a primary dental care setting in London. The first two phases will be discussed in detail including qualitative and quantitative methods to explore prevention in primary dental services as well as development of the exploratory RCT.

Huda Yusuf is a part-time PhD student working with the Dental Public Health Group and is also trainee in dental public health within the NHS.

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