Policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention in pregnancy and childhood

. Pregnancy and early childhood are periods of rapid growth, and represent critical windows for the promotion of healthy dietary behaviors benefitting both mother and child.  Obesity prevention is also important for very young children, with potential implications for the rest of the life course.The aim of this research programme is to identify policy-based approaches […]

Development and evaluation of interventions in infant feeding

.Infancy is a period of rapid growth and weight gain and obesity prevention during this period may be effective. Nutrition and growth during infancy may also have long term effects by altering eating behaviours and risks of obesity and obesity-related disorders in later life.Researchers have been working with mothers and healthcare professionals to develop a […]

Environmental determinants of physical activity and dietary behaviour

.To accurately assess how people’s physical activity and diet is related to where they live and work, we need to be able to more accurately measure their movements and behaviours.Using a number of methods, including the innovative use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) to measure research participants’ use of space […]

Eva Maguire

PhD StudentEva has now left CEDAR. For more information about her work here, please contact Pablo Monsivais.Qualifications MPhil Public Health University of Cambridge MSc Social and Spatial Inequalities University of Sheffield BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy University of Sheffield Background & experience Eva’s background in the social sciences and interest in quantitative methods led to […]

Baby Milk Study – larger study seeks 700 babies

Following on from the successful pilot, the Baby Milk Study from CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge has been awarded a grant by the National Prevention Research Initiative to recruit 700 babies to the study.Researchers have been working with mothers and healthcare professionals to develop a feeding programme which aims to avoid excess […]

Baby milk and healthy weight in infancy

UK surveys show that more than one in five children are overweight or obese by the time they start school. Nutrition and growth during infancy can also have long term effects on eating behaviours and risks of obesity in later life.Assessing early interventionThrough systematic reviews of the evidence and a new trial, CEDAR and MRC […]

SPEEDY children helping to build understanding of diet and activity

CEDAR continues to contribute to SPEEDY (Sport, Physical activity and Eating behaviour: Environmental Determinants in Young people).This population based study focuses on children in schools in Norfolk. “Behaviour formed in childhood and adolescence can last a lifetime.” says Dr Esther van Sluijs, one of the lead investigators on SPEEDY. “The goal of this research is […]

CEDAR Objectives

CEDAR is driven by the overall objective of supporting effective interventions to change diet and physical activity behaviours at the population level. Specifically, it will: Develop understanding about the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviour Translate that understanding into the development of preventive interventions Evaluate the effectiveness of population-level interventions Estimate the public […]

PEACH: Personal and Environmental Associations with Children’s Health

CEDAR is using the existing dataset generated by the University of Bristol-led PEACH (Personal and Environmental Associations with Children’s Health) study, which investigates how the environment can influence how active children are and what they eat.CEDAR researchers are investigating the use of green space amongst children, examining whether children who live in areas which are […]

EPIC: European Prospective Investigation into Cancer

CEDAR is using data generated by EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer). EPIC is a large study of diet and health having recruited over half a million (520,000) people in ten European countries: Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.The study in Norfolk is led by Professor Kay […]