Public Health Nutrition Research
Dedicated to improving the evidence base that helps us understand how food and nutrition policy and interventions impact on public health.
BOOKS, REPORTS & WORKSHOPS
BOOKSDesign Concepts in Nutritional Epidemiology
Barrie Margetts and Michael Nelson
Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2006
In this classic work, Margetts and Nelson explore how the relationship between nutritional exposure and disease aetiology must be underpinned by sound experimental design. First published in 1991, the second edition brings a clearer understanding of the characteristics of nutritional exposures that need to be measured in order to understand questions about diet-disease relationships. The book is divided into three sections: scientific concepts and study design; measurements of exposure and outcome (including new chapters on socio-demographic, psycho-social, and anthropometric measurements and gene-nutrient interactions); and the design of nutritional epidemiological studies.
For further details visit Oxford University Press or Amazon.
Statistics in Nutrition and Dietetics
London. John Wiley. 2020
This textbook provides an introduction to statistics and research design aimed specifically at undergraduate and MSc students on courses of nutrition and dietetics, as well as other medical sciences courses. The book is unique in providing subject-specific examples and exercises for nutrition and dietetics. It comes with online access to SPSS data, syntax and output files; PowerPoint slide sets and notes for teaching; and links to useful learning resources.
WORKSHOPSSchool Food Policy
School food policy is key to the development of healthy eating at school. The three workshop reports listed below, together with publications from the School Food Trust and the Children’s Food Trust, constitute a unique reporting and evidence base from which to develop further ideas about school food policy implementation, impact and evaluation.
2012: School Food Trust. International workshop on school food and policyPublic Health Nutrition. Volume 16, Issue 6, June 2013, pp. 953-1146
2014: EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, ItalyStorcksdieck GBS, Breda J, Caldeira S, Nelson M, Wollgast J. School Food and Nutrition in Europe: policies, interventions, and their impact. A workshop report. 14-15 May 2014. EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. Luxembourg. Publications Office of the European Union.
Storcksdieck GBS, Kardakis T, Wollgast J, Nelson M, Louro Caldeira S. Mapping of National School Food Policies across the EU28 plus Norway and Switzerland. Publications Office of the European Union. JRC publication number JRC90452. ISBN: 978-92-79-38402-8 (print) 978-92-79-38401-1 (pdf). ISSN: 1018-5593 (print) 1831-9424 (online). 2014.
Click on the links to the archived web pages below, and the Children’s Food Trust logo at the bottom of the page, for a full list of publications and related work of the Trusts.School Food Trust
Children’s Food Trust
REPORTSSchool Food Trust/Children’s Food Trust
For a list of academic publications relating to the work of the Trusts, please click here or on the CFT logo at the bottom of the page.
For details about the work of the Trusts on the National Archive, please click on this link to Children’s Food Trust.
Brexit and School Food 2018-2019
Brexit created uncertainty for the food and agricultural sector generally and school food services in particular. The School Food Plan Alliance asked Public Health Nutrition Research to investigate disquiet amongst the major players in school food catering and front-line school catering staff.
The project gathered information from three sources:
- Interviews with school food caterers and food providers
- Online questionnaire completed by front line school catering staff
- Current literature such as Select Committee reports, newspaper articles, and expert and consumer reports
Although the sample is small and not random or regionally representative, the findings provide insight into concerns about the impact of Brexit on school food catering and services.
For a more detailed report, click here
For the annotated slide set, click here
Nelson M. Brexit and school food. London. Public Health Nutrition Research. 2019.
Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey
The Low Income Diet and Nutrition Survey (LIDNS) is unique in exploring the dietary habits of low income families in the UK. Over 3700 adults and children were interviewed between November 2003 and January 2005. Information was based on face-to-face interviews, four 24-hour recalls, physical measurements and analysis of blood samples. It is an adjunct to the National Diet and Nutrition Surveys that provide on-going insights into the characteristics and changes of diet in the UK population. The report and full data set are available online.
- Summary of key findings
- Volume 1: Background; methods; sample characteristics
- Volume 2: Food consumption; nutrient intake
- Volume 3: Nutritional status; physical activity; economic, social and other factors
Michael Nelson, Bob Erens, Beverly Bates, Susan Church and Tracy Boshier. The Stationery Office. 2007. ISBN 978 0 11 703827 1 (full report and CD) and 978 0 11 703827 0 (Summary)
Family Budget Unit
The Family Budget Unit (FBU) was founded in 1987:
- To advance the education of the public in all matters relating to comparative living standards and living costs throughout the United Kingdom
- To carry out research into the economic requirements and consumer preferences of families of different composition, for each main component of a typical family budget
- To publish the useful results of such work
The FBU research was based on a unique systematic approach to the development of low cost but acceptable budget standards that combined a consensual base (what families felt they needed at a minimum) together with scientific standards (e.g. healthy minimum requirements for heating, space, nutrition, etc. based on evidential research).
The full set of publications from the FBU is available here.
The FBU was dissolved in 2011. Its work and intellectual property was transferred to the Centre for Research in Social Policy at the University of Loughborough.
Who we work with
PHN Research works with colleagues in organizations in the UK and internationally