B3991 - Exploring the determinants and consequences of eating architecture - 17/02/2022

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Kaitlin Wade | Integrative Epidemiology Unit (United Kingdom)
Francisca Ibacache Fuentes, Professor Nic Timpson, Dr Kate Northstone
Title of project: 
Exploring the determinants and consequences of eating architecture
Proposal summary: 

This PhD project aims to study the underlying relationship between eating architecture (initially understood as size, timing and frequency of eating, but intended to be expanded to other aspects of nutrition such as dietary patterns, macronutrients and food preference) and adiposity-related traits in the population.

Exploring the determinants of nutrition-related behaviours, especially related to obesity – currently one of the major public health problems of the westernized world – may contribute to the understanding of the complex interactions between genetics, physiology, environment surrounding people’s eating behaviours.

Impact of research: 
Understanding the complex interactions between genetics, physiology and environment surrounding people’s eating behaviours and its relation to the development of obesity in children, might lead to stratified approaches to its prevention and treatment, which is crucial for dealing with the current obesity epidemic that is known to have a multi-factorial aetiology.
Date proposal received: 
Friday, 4 February, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 14 February, 2022
A combination of genetic epidemiology and epidemiology, behaviour and adiposity measures., Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., Obesity, GWAS, Statistical methods, Biological samples -e.g. blood, cell lines, saliva, etc., BMI, Genetic epidemiology, Genome wide association study, Mendelian randomisation, Nutrition - breast feeding, diet