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Our diet and obesity research programme aims to investigate the factors which determine and shape food choices, within the individual, social, and environmental domains. Our goals are to promote healthy lifestyles across all socioeconomic status and ethnic groups and to advance theory and methodology in food choice research.

Diet and weight are crucial risk factors for a range of serious non-communicable diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Much of the work in the unit is therefore devoted to expanding knowledge about eating and weight-related behaviours and attitudes, with a view to challenging existing research, isolating the most effective ways to intervene, and informing public health policy.

A charity, Weight Concern has been set up to address the physical and psychological needs of overweight people and to guide the development of more effective programs of prevention and treatment.

Lab head: Professor Jane Wardle

Research Staff: Dr Rebecca Beeken, Dr Lucy Cooke, Helen Croker, Dr Maria Chu,
        Alison Fildes, Dr Abigail Fisher, Dr Benjamin Gardner Sood, Rose Hargreaves,
        Dr Laura McGowan, Dr Ellen van Jaarsveld, Dr Maggie Heinrich, Dimitrios Spanos,
        Dr Fiona Johnson, Dr Clare Llewellyn, Dr Ingela Thuné-Boyle

Postgraduate: Laura Mcdonald, Susanne Meisel, Stephanie Schrempft, Hayley Syrad,
        Kate Williams, Sarah Young

Honorary Research Staff: Dr Susan Carnell, Dr Leigh Gibson,
        Dr Paul Chadwick, Dr Claire Hill

Statistician: Dr David Boniface

Administrator: Merle Owens

This page last modified 9 Oct, 2012 by Mark Livermore

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