B3483 - Assciations between eating behaviours and body mass index in the ALSPAC cohort at 25 - 16/03/2020

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Julian Hamilton-Shield | TLS/PPS/ Bristol Biomedical Research Centre (Nutrition)
Jeff Brunstrom, Annika Flynn, Nick Timpson
Title of project: 
Assciations between eating behaviours and body mass index in the ALSPAC cohort at 25
Proposal summary: 

Eating behaviours describe how people eat rather than what they eat. We believe that some current, common eating behaviours are part of the problem causing an increase in obesity levels in the UK and elsewhere. We put some questions in to the ALSPAC questionnaire for participants aged 25 years that asked about how fast they ate their meals, with whom and in front of what items if any of technology (such as computers, TV etc.). We will examine this information to see if any such behaviours tend towards increased body mass index in the cohort. This information may add to our clinical advice when counselling people with excess weight how to lose or maintain weight loss.

Impact of research: 
The findings will have direct relevance to our understanding of how eating behaviours influence weight. Current international weight management advice centres on getting people to actively reduce calories consumed and increase activity levels: these strategies are failing. We wish to build the evidence base that how we eat also influences daily calorie intake (subconsciously) and that addressing such behaviours will allow people to better manage calorie consumption which in public health terms is very cost effective.
Date proposal received: 
Tuesday, 10 March, 2020
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 16 March, 2020
Obesity, Obesity, BMI