The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

ACADEMIC RESEARCH SEMINARS


28 June 2016 Tuesday 1-2 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Dr Emma Boyland from the University of Liverpool, UK
The impact of food marketing on children's eating behaviour


12 July 2016 Tuesday 1-2 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Associate Professor Sarah Garnett from Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead
Title of talk TBA


19 July 2016 Tuesday 1-2 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Dr Kieron Rooney & Emeritus Professor Bob Boakes respectively from Exercise and Sports Science, Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School
Metabolic and behavioural outcomes of excess consumption and withdrawal from sugar sweetened beverages


26 July 2016 Tuesday 1-2 pm Level 6 Seminar room CPC Professor Timothy Gill from the Boden Institute, Sydney Medical School
Title of talk TBA


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ACADEMIC RESEARCH SEMINARS

The impact of food marketing on children's eating behaviour

Tuesday 28 June 2016 1:00–2:00 pm
FREE SEMINAR

Venue: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 View map (PDF file)

Presenter: Dr Emma Boyland is a Lecturer in Appetite and Obesity at the University of Liverpool.

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Summary of talk
Few can have missed the memo that obesity is a problem. In the UK, one in five children start school already overweight or obese (rising to around one in three at age 10-11). For young people, overweight and obesity are associated with a number of health-related and psychosocial consequences, both in the short term and the long term. Obese children become obese adults, and the resultant costs to healthcare systems are substantial.

Arguably, obesity is a normal human response to the so-called ‘obesogenic’ or ‘obesity-promoting’ environment in which we find ourselves. Children in most developed countries today are natives of this environment and are thus experiencing the outcome of food systems that are producing increasing quantities of processed, affordable, and effectively marketed food. Children are also particularly important targets for marketers. What does research tell us about how this exposure to unhealthy food advertising has an impact on their diets? And, if we believe it to be impactful, what should we do about it?

The focus of this talk will be on the evidence to demonstrate an effect of food marketing exposure on eating behaviour in children, and will illustrate how this evidence has underpinned policy action in this area (using the UK as an example).

About the presenter
Dr Emma Boyland from the University of Liverpool has published 40 journal articles and 6 book chapters to date, as well as over 30 published conference abstracts. She was recently called as an expert witness for the UK Health Select Committee enquiry into childhood obesity, and she is a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Network for World Obesity and a Trustee of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity.


The impact of food marketing on children's eating behaviour

Tuesday 19 July 2016 1:00–2:00 pm
FREE SEMINAR

Venue: Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006 View map (PDF file)

Presenter: Dr Kieron Rooney and Professor Bob Boakes respectively from Exercise and Sports Science, Faculty of Health Sciences and the School of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School.

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Summary of talk
Since 2010, Dr Kieron Rooney (Discipline of Exercise and Sport Science) and Professor Bob Boakes (School of Psychology) have led a series of experiments in which rats are provided with access to sugar-sweetened drinks. The rats consistently display impairments in cognitive processes dependent on healthy hippocampal function, as well as elevated adiposity, impaired glucose tolerance and fatty livers. This cross-disciplinary work was supported with ARC - Discovery Project funding from 2014 to extend their research into the effects of artificial sweeteners and their consumption on feeding behaviour leading to their current human trial on the behavioural effects of withdrawal from sugar sweetened beverages (ACTRN12615001004550).

This talk will present selected works from this sustained line of research in the rat, that focussed on some of the more popular questions raised in recent years, namely is fructose in beverages more toxic than glucose? Can we recover health by the simple removal of sugar sweetened beverages? And do artificial sweeteners lead to increased food intake and weight gain?

About the presenters
Kieron completed his PhD in the Department of Biochemistry, within the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney in 2004. Kieron joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2003 as a lecturer in exercise physiology and biochemistry and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012. During this time, Kieron’s research portfolio has included both human and small animal studies investigating the role of diet and physical activity on parameters of fuel storage and utilisation. A full list of grants and Publications can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/about/people/profiles/kieron.rooney.php

Bob was awarded his PhD in Psychology by Harvard University in 1967. Following academic positions at the University of Sussex in the UK, he was appointed McCaughey Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney in 1989 and on retirement in 2005 was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Retirement has enabled Bob to be a much more productive researcher than when he was a full-time academic. His core research area is in associative learning, but in collaboration with Kieron Bob’s research has increasingly focussed on topics at the intersection of psychology and nutrition. A full cv and list of publications can be found at http://www.psych.usyd.edu.au/staff/bobb/


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