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Our Body. We need it to house our mind, but how much influence does our mind have over our body? How should we nourish ourselves, and how important is it really? Dani Ferriday and Josh Bell are ready to tell us all about our own bodies, in the friendly environment of your local pub.
Lose it or move it: Which matters more for health?
Josh Bell (Research Associate in Epidemiology)
Our bodies are getting larger. We are also moving less than ever before. Which of these really drives our poorer health? What happens when weight loss fails? In this talk, I will compare the health effects of body fatness and physical activity and ask which is a higher priority for preventing heart disease and early death. I will also discuss some key paradoxes that health researchers face, and how understanding the nature of individuals and populations can help us all live longer, healthier lives.
Mindless eating? The role of psychology in human appetite control
Dani Ferriday (Lecturer in Experimental Psychology)
Obesity is an increasing concern for health professionals in the UK and abroad. Clearly this trend can be attributed to a range of factors. We know that weight gain occurs when an individual consumes food in excess of need. Researchers have created models that try to explain human dietary behaviour. Early models relied on purely biological controls of food intake. However, these models fail to account for the rise in obesity over recent years. This talk will give an overview of recent research which has suggested that psychology plays an important role in determining how much someone eats.