From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Research Projects

Obesity and Dietary Habits

Note that these studies were conducted as part of the Youth and Health programme which formally ceased at the end of March 2010, although team members have continued to prepare publications in this research area.

Prevalences of overweight and obesity, known to be associated with conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and osteoarthritis, are rising dramatically among both adults and children in Western societies, attributable to a combination of increasingly high fat diets and decreasing physical activity levels.  Obesity in children and young people is now recognised as a major public health problem. 



Sweeting H, West P, Young R. Obesity among Scottish 15 year olds 1987-2006: prevalence and associations with socio-economic status, well-being and worries about weight. BMC Public Health 2008;8:404

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Sweeting H. Gendered dimensions of obesity in childhood and adolescence. Nutrition Journal 2008;7:1

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Sweeting H. Measurement and definitions of obesity in childhood and adolescence: a field guide for the uninitiated. Nutrition Journal 2007;6:32.

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Sweeting H, West P. Dietary habits and children's family lives. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2005;18:93-7

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Sweeting H, Wright C, Minnis H. Psychosocial correlates of obesity, 'slimming down' and 'becoming obese' in adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health 2005;37:409.e9 - 409.e17



Sweeting H, West P. Gender differences in weight-related concerns in early to mid adolescence. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2002;56:700-701

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Anderson AS, Macintyre S, West P. Dietary patterns among adolescents in the West of Scotland. British Journal of Nutrition 1994;71:111-22


Sweeting H, Anderson AS, West P. Socio-demographic correlates of dietary habits in mid to late adolescence. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1994;48:736-748



Anderson AS, Macintyre S, West . Adolescent meal patterns: grazing habits in the West of Scotland. Health Bulletin 1993;51:158-65

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