Special Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Professor Theresa Marteau has been made a DBE in the Birthday Honours list 2017 for services to Public Health.  Professor Marteau said: “This is a huge honour. It is wonderful to have recognition for the contribution…

Protocol published for testing size, availability and labelling interventions in workplace cafeterias

Protocol published for testing size, availability and labelling interventions in workplace cafeterias

Reducing excessive consumption of food and soft drinks is core to tackling the high rates of overweight and obesity in the UK and elsewhere. It is estimated that about one third of our daily energy intake is consumed while at work, with most of the food consumed not brought from home. There is currently limited evidence of the impact of interventions within workplaces to improve employees’ diets, with most interventions to date based on informing and educating workers about their diets, commonly regarded as insufficient to tackle obesity.

Cambridge@Hay: Professor Theresa Marteau on why risk information doesn’t change unhealthy behaviour

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New audiences learned about the links between behaviour and health – and how our non-conscious choices can be deadly – at this year’s Hay Festival with Professor Theresa Marteau, Director at the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

Professor Marteau made four appearances in 26 hours including a sold-out talk for 2000 people chaired by Hugh Muir at the Guardian, and an ad-hoc “All Star Variety Show” with, amongst others, Simon Schama, an alumus of Christ’s College where Professor Marteau is a Fellow.

Does bottle size affect the amount of cola consumed at home?

Does bottle size affect the amount of cola consumed at home?

Sub-diving a fixed amount of a sugar-sweetened beverage in smaller vs larger bottles could help curb their consumption but so far, no studies have tested this possibility.

In our study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, we assessed the feasibility of running a trial on the impact of bottle size on in-home consumption of cola, in which households would receive a set amount of cola each week for four weeks, in bottles of one of four sizes (1500 ml, 1000 ml, 500 ml, or 250 ml).