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MRC Hot Topic workshop report: Reshaping the food environment – applying interdisciplinary perspectives in appetite research

Johnstone, AM; Brown, A; (2021) MRC Hot Topic workshop report: Reshaping the food environment – applying interdisciplinary perspectives in appetite research. Nutrition Bulletin , 46 (2) pp. 216-227. 10.1111/nbu.12493. Green open access

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Abstract

The prevalence of obesity, both worldwide and in the UK, continues to rise and has been classified by the NHS as a major public health issue with current public health survey data indicating that nearly two thirds of adults are living with overweight and obesity. We know from existing appetite research that it is easy to overconsume calories, but difficult to reduce calorie intake below requirements and we seek to expand this evidence base to seek future research themes to provide the evidence on how to manage obesity. This Medical Research Council (MRC)-funded hot topic workshop explored issues that are evolving from current literature to create discussion about potential future collaborative research around 4 themes: (i) Food reformulation/innovation – how appetite research can influence sustainable and healthy diets, (ii) One diet does not fit all – how should we conduct appetite research to embrace inter-individual differences (e.g. responder/non-responders), (iii) Environmental drivers of obesity/food choices – bridging the gap between appetite research and obesity services – future research themes, (iv) Big data approaches to develop understanding of drivers of appetite and food choice. Appetite forms a bridge to understanding the interaction between the internal and external environments and therefore has both biological and behavioural relevance for behaviour change associated with eating. This report summarises how future research can embrace this multidisciplinary challenge.

Type: Article
Title: MRC Hot Topic workshop report: Reshaping the food environment – applying interdisciplinary perspectives in appetite research
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/nbu.12493
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/nbu.12493
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Authors. Nutrition Bulletin published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Nutrition Foundation. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: appetite, behaviour change, big data, food insecurity, food reformulation, obesity research
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Experimental and Translational Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127531
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