A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

By Annalijn Conklin Research Scholar in Global Health & Policy, University of California, Los Angeles (and a former PhD student at CEDAR); Nita Forouhi, programme lead, Nutritional Epidemiology, MRC Epidemiology Unit; and Pablo Monsivais, Programme lead, – Social, Economic and Neighbourhood Determinants of Diet.In a study of over 25,000 adults with detailed information about their […]

Dietary Public Health Research

Nutrition plays a key role in health. In the UK it is estimated that around 33,000 excess deaths per year are caused by diets that do not match current guidelines, and inequalities in diet contribute to health inequalities.Almost all the food we eat comes from the commercial food system. But, where we live and work, […]

DASH for the planet: a diet to benefit health and help mitigate climate change

Greater adherence with a diet rich in vegetables, low fat dairy and whole grains is not only good for health but also good for the planet, according to a study by researchers at Cambridge and Oxford Universities.The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is a proven way to prevent and control hypertension and other […]

Limits and labelling have reduced availability of artificial trans fats – systematic review finds

A systematic review by CEDAR researchers has shown that maximum limits and mandatory labelling reduced the availability of artificial trans-fatty acids (TFAs) in food items for sale or reported on food labels since 2004.A high intake of TFA has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Artificial TFAs are sometimes used in pre-prepared […]

Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows

Novel use of UK national data finds a growing gap between the prices of more and less healthy foods between 2002 and 2012. Healthy foods in 2012 were three times more expensive per calorie than less healthy foods.A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage […]


Neighbourhood food environments, diet and healthResearch and policy meeting10.00am – 4pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014Møller Centre, Cambridge#cedardiet14You can read abstracts for each talk here (pdf).You can download slide sets for many of the presentations from the day below. Please note, some sets may be edited to remove unpublished material or copyright images. 10.00 Coffee and […]

Research and policy meeting 4 November 2014

Are you in a healthy place? Neighbourhood food environments, diet and healthResearch and policy meeting This meeting was held 10.00am – 4pm, Tuesday 4 November 2014, Møller Centre, Cambridge #cedardiet14 Where we live, study and work, the shops and takeaways we use, and the social structures we inhabit have the potential to shape how we […]

New infographic: Food, income and education: who eats more of what?

The types and quantities of foods we eat are influenced by our personal characteristics and also our social and economic situations. Income and educational attainment are particularly important in determining dietary behaviour.Using data from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, we have created a graphic that illustrates how UK food consumption varies for population groups […]

Marko Tainio

Senior Research Associate (Health Impact Assessment) Email: mkt27@medschl.cam.ac.uk Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkoTainio Telephone: (+44)-1223-746887 Address:  UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) MRC Epidemiology Unit University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science Cambridge Biomedical Campus Cambridge, CB2 0QQResearch area and background Marko Tainio studies the linkage between policies and public health […]

New Evidence Brief: Multiple social ties and healthy eating in older people

Announcing a new Evidence Brief from CEDAR:Multiple social ties and healthy eating in older people Findings from the EPIC-Norfolk study Supporting an ageing population is a key health challenge for the twenty-first century. Around half of those over seventy-five now live alone, and social isolation can affect their health. New research from CEDAR is adding to […]