B4589 - Tackling excess energy consumption and obesity ultra processed foods versus foods high in fat salt and/or sugar - 12/04/2024

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Principal applicant name: 
Kate Northstone | University of Bristol, UK (United Kingdom)
Professor Eric Robinson, Genevieve Buckland
Title of project: 
Tackling excess energy consumption and obesity: ultra processed foods versus foods high in fat, salt and/or sugar
Proposal summary: 

It is well known that we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic and it's widely accepted that unhealthy eating behaviours are the biggest reason. Recently, the government has focussed on inverventions involving foods and drinks that are high in fat, salt and/or sugar (HFSS). However, this does not take into account the amount of processing that foods undergo - several recent studies have shown that increased consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are related to weight gain. As part of a wider grant, this proposal is specifically to use ALSPAC data collected from dietary diaries in childhood to examine dietary patterns associated with both HFSS and UPFs in the development of obesity.

Impact of research: 
A better understanding of the contribution of different food types and different dietary patterns to the obesity epidemic.
Date proposal received: 
Thursday, 11 April, 2024
Date proposal approved: 
Friday, 12 April, 2024
Epidemiology, Behaviour - e.g. antisocial behaviour, risk behaviour, etc., BMI, Nutrition - breast feeding, diet