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NBU research features in the London Science Museum

4 November 2015

NBU research features in the London Science Museum

Researchers from the Nutrition and Behaviour Unit (NBU) at the University of Bristol have been collaborating with a team from Roehampton University as part of a Live Science project, to find out why we choose certain foods and why some of us have a tendency to overeat. The work has been carried out in the London Science Museum

The study (led by Dr Leigh Gibson) addresses the debate over the risk and causes of obesity, which currently affects two thirds of adults and is still rising, according to Public Health England. Volunteers took part in a variety of tasks to analyse their relationship with food, which includes recording their food preferences. 826 adults and children took part throughout October. The team are particularly interested in a connection between a person’s personality, their genes, and their appetite for fatty or sugary foods.

 The current study has been part funded via a five-year EU project called Nudge-it, which is being conducted by the NBU and by several partner organisations across Europe.

 Professor Brunstrom commented “We are very grateful to the Science Museum for hosting this study. This is a fantastic opportunity to collect valuable data and to tell the public more about the work that we do.”

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