August 2015
All-Island Obesity Newsletter
Obesity in the News

Unhealthy thinking about body weight can start in childhood - NHS

Jamie Oliver asked to help tackle childhood obesity - Irish Independent

FDA approve dual gastric balloon for treatment of obesity - Medical News Today

Children should teach families about obesity - Telegraph

Sugary drinks linked to 8,000 new UK diabetes cases per year - NHS

Study finds obese people may struggle to reach a healthy weight - NHS

 The Centre of Exellence for Public Health - Northern Ireland

Public Engagement Champions

Eight students from the Centre of Excellence (CoE) and the Centre for Public Health (CPH) have completed the first year of a pilot public engagement project delivered by CoE/CPH in partnership with QUB Research and Enterprise Directorate.  The project aims to provide an introduction to public engagement and encourage researchers to involve members of the public at all stages of the research cycle from co-design through to dissemination. To date students have completed sessions on stakeholder mapping, public and personal involvement and participated in public engagement training. Recently the students presented their work and discussed with individuals with experience in the area of cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, macular degeneration, community based physical activity and urban renewal.

Paul Beeson Career Development Award in Ageing Research for the Island of Ireland

Dr Claire McEvoy was recently awarded a Beeson sponsored Fellowship from the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI).  As a Beeson-sponsored CARDI fellow, Claire will investigate the role of the Mediterranean diet in cognitive decline and dementia risk in both UK and USA cohorts and will test the effect of dietary change toward a Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Claire’s research will increase our knowledge on how diet may contribute to cognitive health and aims to inform future strategies to prevent and treat cognitive disorders in older adults.


Public Health England: SACN carbohydrates and health report

NICE guidelines: Obesity: prevention and lifestyle weight management in children and young people


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