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Spotlight - Sustainable Prevention of ObesitySpotlight - Sustainable Prevention of Obesity

Spotlight will identify the best opportunities for reducing inequalities in the epidemic of obesity across European communities, by looking at the physical and social environment which shapes people's behaviour.

The prevalence of overweight and obesity across Europe is high, with rates doubling during the last decades in several countries, but differences have been found dependent on age, household income and culture as well as between different countries across the region. 

The effects of obesogenic behaviours such as lack of physical activity, sedentary behaviours, and an unhealthy diet offer opportunities for prevention. Previous studies have shown the importance of identifying the life-long drivers of obesity: the 'causes of the causes' of unhealthy behaviour.

About the project and the results

Spotlight will identify the best opportunities for reducing inequalities in the epidemic of obesity across European communities, by looking at the physical and social environment which shapes people's behaviour.

​Read the BLOG post about the Spotlight project in the scientific journal BMJ.

Spotlight collaborators will partner with current obesity prevention projects aimed at adults at community, worksite or leisure centers in Denmark to pilot test tools which will help future projects. Spotlight is relevant for any groups conducting obesity prevention projects geared towards adults. 

The prevented results of the Spotlight project are that the project will provide a blueprint for understanding the development and implementation of effective obesity prevention approaches by local authorities, public health and other practitioners.

​Read more about the project at the officiel website of the Spotlight project and at Bio Med Central

Collaborating partners

The Spotlight Project is funded by the European Commission DG Research, Seventh Framework Programme, which will be shared between 13 research groups in eight European countries with a budget of €3.8m. Local geographical information will be enhanced with remote imaging techniques and the project will generate an interactive web-atlas of current interventions.

The project is coordinated by Prof. Johannes Brug, VU University Medical Center, Netherlands. The Danish contact is Aileen Robertson, PhD, Metropolitan University College, Denmark .

Partners in Spotlight include:

  • VU University Medical Center Netherlands
  • University of Paris 13 France
  • University of Oxford United Kingdom
  • University of Maastricht Netherlands
  • University of Ghent Belgium
  • University of Debrecen  Hungary
  • University of Bergen Norway
  • Metropolitan University College Copenhagen Denmark
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine United Kingdom
  • International Association for the Study of Obesity United Kingdom
  • Faculty of Human Kinetics Portugal
  • European Association for the Study of Obesity  United Kingdom
  • Blox Group  Netherlands

Schedule

Startet 201x and planned to finish late 2016.

Research and development unit and institute
At Metropolitan University College, the project is part of the research unit Food and Nutrition to Vulnerable Groups at the Institute of Nutrition and Midwifery

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Forskerteam

Aileen Robertson

Uddannelseskonsulent, ph.d.

Tlf.: +45 24296273

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