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16 March 2007 PR 07/34

Tackling adult obesity wins recognition for Loughborough student

Important research on adult obesity by a Loughborough University PhD student has been selected to go on display at a prestigious House of Commons reception.

For the study Sarah Hamilton, who is based in the University’s Department of Human Sciences, compared the summer and winter walking patterns of a sample of healthy weight and overweight adults.

Her findings highlighted that although both groups reported less walking during the winter, the healthy weight group observed a significantly greater reduction in activity. This indicates that during the winter there is a greater risk of healthy weight individuals becoming overweight.

Sarah’s research will be displayed at the annual SET for BRITAIN reception on 19 March. The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists. The reception provides them with an opportunity to showcase their work and share their findings with the nation’s politicians.

Speaking about the reception, Sarah said: “I am delighted that I have been chosen to display my work at such a prestigious event. The findings of my research have important implications due to the nation’s rising levels of obesity, and it is good that my study has been recognised in this way.”


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