Spotlight On Physical Activity, Exercise and Obesity
The main areas of research within this theme are based around understanding the determinants of physical activity and obesity from a scientific standpoint which encompasses the disciplines of exercise physiology (particularly clinical information, such as blood measures), nutrition (including diet), exercise psychology (including objective monitoring of behaviour), epidemiology and biomechanics.
With particular emphasis on work with paediatric and older adult populations within the theme which will address key identified gaps in the research literature as recently documented by the DELPHI study in IJBNPA (Gillies et al., 2014).
Research will investigate the effects of physical environment and technology on physical activity levels in children and older adults, and will also determine dose-response relationships between physical activity and various indicators of health and disease.
This exploratory research will then lead to development of effective and sustainable interventions to increase children’s long-term physical activity, including increasing children's active transportation, building sustainable patterns of behaviour that can be tracked across the life-course.
Further research will determine the interactions between building functional movement skills and levels of physical activity and the consequent effects of physical activity levels on obesity prevention and cognitive function.