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 0QQ
Current work and interests
Eleanor conducts research on the period of life from late adolescence to early adulthood, focusing on the changes that take place in this period of people’s lives and the impact that these changes have on changes in health behaviours such as diet and physical activity. Early adulthood is the time at which overweight and obesity rises the fastest, so is a key time for intervention to prevent increases in weight and other cardiometabolic risk factors. It is also a time when individuals are moving away from their parents, and starting to develop their independent lifestyles. This period therefore presents an opportunity to support people to develop healthy lifestyles that can then persist into adulthood.
Focussing on adolescent and young adult populations, Eleanor studies:
- Trajectories of diet, eating behaviours and physical activity over time.
- Changes in diet and health behaviours across life transitions, such as leaving home, starting a new job, or starting a family.
- Associations between diet quality and mental health and physical health outcomes.
Eleanor is a member of the Behavioural Epidemiology programme, working closely with Dr Esther van Sluijs and Dr Kirsten Corder, as well as the Dietary Public Health Research programmes. Eleanor’s work sits at the intersection of nutritional, behavioural and life-course epidemiology and makes use of advanced statistical methods for longitudinal analysis.
Background and experience
Eleanor began working at CEDAR as a Career Development Fellow in October 2015. Prior to this she worked at RAND Europe, an independent research institute, and in a Westminster-based think-tank, 2020health, conducting policy-focussed research on public health policy and provision of health services. Her PhD was in Development Neuroscience, which she completed at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge.