Human Nutrition Research Centre

Public Health Nutrition

Public Health Nutrition

We seek to understand the complex relationships between the food environment, food choice, nutrient intake, physical activity, individual and socio demographic characteristics and health outcomes.

Our research spans across the lifecourse from the youngest to the oldest, but has a particular focus on children, families and young people. Obesity in children and young people is an urgent public health challenge.

Our research

Much of our current work aims to elucidate the causal pathways contributing to the obesity epidemic. We develop and test interventions and public health policies designed to improve food choice and increase physical activity.

This work is underpinned by a strong methodological theme. This includes the development of tools to measure food environments and individual behaviours, particularly improving dietary assessment methods for use with children.

Find out more about our projects and publications.