Policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention in pregnancy and childhood

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Three boys playing tug-of-warPregnancy 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 to obesity prevention, and consider novel environmental interventions when policy change is not yet possible. This area of research focuses on structured settings where policy and environment change can have broad-sweeping effects.


Programme lead: Dr Sara Benjamin Neelon

Programme studies

Programme publications