CEDAR Bulletin 9 – April 2014

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TakeawaysTakeaway exposure associated with increased consumption and obesity
People who live and work near a high number of takeaway food outlets tend to eat more of these foods and are more likely to be obese than those less exposed. The first UK study to combine home, work and commuting environments of 5,442 adults found that those most exposed to takeaway outlets were almost twice as likely to be obese than those who encountered the fewest outlets.

Takeaway exposure was also strongly associated with increased consumption of takeaway food: those with the highest combined exposure to takeaway outlets consumed an extra 40g of calorific food a week (equivalent to half a small serving of French fries from a typical takeaway food outlet).

The research was covered was covered by BBC News, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Cambridge News, the Naked Scientists podcast and many others.

CEDAR in the media: physical activity in mothers and their children

Credit: Mikey Phillips via FlickrWhen mothers are active so are their children – but many mothers aren’t
A study of physical activity patterns of women and their four-year-olds reveals a strong association between the two. It also shows that only 53% of mothers engaged in 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least once a week. Taken together, these results highlight valuable avenues for intervention strategies.

Parents are strong influences in the lives of young children, with patterns of behaviour established in the early years laying the foundation for future choices. This new study suggests that, when it comes to levels of physical activity, mothers and their pre-school age children follow similar patterns, indicating a likely influence both ways.

The research was covered by BBC News, CBS News, Times of India, NPR, New York Daily News, and others.

All-Party Commission on Physical Activity report and CEDAR submission

shutterstock_64452961The All-Party Commission on Physical Activity has delivered their first report Tackling Physical Inactivity— A Coordinated Approach

This report looks at the scale and scope of the problem, mapping out the specific areas in which we need to work for change. The second part will make suggestions on how we can begin to tackle this epidemic.

You can read the report at http://activitycommission.com/

CEDAR and the MRC Epidemiology Unit provided two evidence submissions to the committee for this report.

You can read both at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/resources/evidence-submissions along with other submissions that we have made to parliamentary bodies and organisations that produce guidance on public health

Research highlights

openaccessThe following are a selection of recent publications involving CEDAR researchers. All are Open Access.

You can search nearly 200 CEDAR scientific papers by author, journal, study, title and abstract keywords on our publications database at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/publications

We have made good progress in increasing the number of our papers which are open access: in total 90% of CEDAR papers are freely available on the web.

CEDAR / MRC Epidemiology Seminars

shutterstock_124494247 SMALLCEDAR jointly organises a seminar series with the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, a chance to hear from leading researchers in diet and physical activity, along with the occasional policymaker.

Details of current talks are available on our website and at talks.cam.ac.uk. To receive email notifications of the latest talks, complete the form at www.cedar.iph.cam.ac.uk/news/seminars

MRC Epidemiology Physical Activity Measurement Seminar 15 – 19 September 2014

Moller21-300x212Applications are now open for the MRC Epidemiology Unit 7th Physical Activity Measurement Seminar at the Møller Centre in Cambridge.

The objective of the seminar, aimed at academic researchers, is to promote high quality field work in epidemiological studies through understanding of the underlying measurement principles and methods of data analysis.

The seminar encourages those who are interested or involved in the measurement of physical activity in the epidemiological setting to learn about the science and practical aspects of current techniques used in this field of research.

The programme is designed to cover the whole process of methodological considerations, data collection (in the field and laboratory settings), operational issues and the analysis & interpretation of data. The course has a primary focus on the objective measurement of physical activity and is expected to attract delegates from all over the world.

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Questions and comments to Oliver Francis: ocf26@cam.ac.uk