ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity

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ESRC Strategic Network for Obesity

The ESRC Obesity Strategic Network is exploring how big data can best be used to understand and tackle obesity. The Network is running a number of seminars to bring together experts from many disciplines within and beyond academia. The next seminar will consider Novel results and Visualisation.

Location: London
Date: 18 May 2016
Time: 09:00 – 14:00

Overweight and obesity persist in the UK and place both personal and economic strain on society. The strong association of excess weight with other chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease further increase this burden.

The network brings together experts from all over the UK, and beyond, from a range of disciplines in academia, retail, local government and charities to explore and generate ideas to make best use of the wealth of data to inform positive change.

The datasets include lifestyle and activity statistics, such as the number of gym memberships in an area or proximity to green space; consumer behaviour trends, such as retail data on food purchases; and health data, such as the annual Health Survey for England.

The focus of the network is towards understanding elements of the environment which both promote and discourage the likelihood of becoming overweight or obese with view to positively improve these for a healthier future.

The seminar will be presented by:

  • Jaap Seidell
  • Pablo Monsivais
  • Claire Griffiths.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Christina Vogel, and include the seminar speakers along with Graham Clarke, Thomas Burgoine and Darren Dahly.

Find out more information about the network. Interested?  Book online.