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Diet, physical activity and the obesogenic environment: are they related?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amelia Lake, Professor Tim Townshend, Professor Ashley AdamsonORCiD



Obesity is a significant social problem which has reached pandemic levels. Prevention and treatment has focused on pharmacological, educational and behavioural interventions, with limited overall success. A novel and a longer term approach would be to investigate the environments which promote high energy intake and sedentary behaviour; this has not yet been fully understood. This paper describes the piloting of an existing US developed questionnaire (Youth NEWS) [1] to assess the interaction between diet, physical activity and perceived environment in a sample of 25 (10 male, 15 female) 16-18 yr olds. Participants also completed a validated food frequency questionnaire. This pilot provides a detailed description of the young people's environment and their dietary intake. Further development is required to fully understand the young peoples' perceptions of, and interaction with their environments.

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Author(s): Lake AA, Brookes G, Townshend T, Adamson AJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Planning and designing healthy public outdoor spaces for young people in the 21st century

Year of Conference: 2006

Date deposited: 07/12/2009