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Dr Amelia Lake

Amelia Lake

About Amelia Lake

Dr Amelia A Lake is a dietitian and public health nutritionist. Amelia works as a Reader in Public Health Nutrition at Teesside University and is an Associate Director of Fuse - The Centre for Translational Research. Her current work is to explore the Obesogenic Environment. Amelia has a particular interest in the food environment, the environments of young people, the workplace environment and knowledge exchange. Her research involves transdisciplinary collaborations to examine how the environment interacts with individual behaviours.

Amelia received her first degree from Glasgow Caledonian University and worked in the Health Service before taking up a research post with Newcastle University, where she completed a PhD and held a prestigious NIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship on the topic of Obesogenic Environments. One of the outcomes from this fellowship was the publication of a collected volume on Obesogenic Environments. Other roles have included, Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at Northumbria University, where in June 2010 she was awarded the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) Young Achiever Award for her Obesity research. Amelia's last post was at Durham University where she was an Associate Professor in Knowledge Exchange.


Chapters in book

Lake, A. A., Townshend, T. G. & Bourgoine, T. (2017). Obesogenic Neighbourhood Food Environments. Public Health Nutrition. Buttriss, J.L., Welch, A.A., Kearney, J.M. & Lanham-New, S.A. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 327-338.

Townshend, T.G., Gallo, R. G. & Lake A.A. (2015). Obesogenic Built Environment: Concepts and Complexities. The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future. Barton, H. Thompson, S. Burgess, S & Grant, M Abingdon: Routledge. 199-210.

Lake, A. A. & Midgley, J.L. (2010). Food policy and food governance - changing behaviours. Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, A. A., Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. Wiley Blackwell. 

Alvanides, S., Townshend, T & Lake, A. A. (2010). Obesogenic environments: challenges and opportunities. Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, A. A., Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. Wiley Blackwell. 

Townshend, T.G., Ells, L., Alvanides, S. & Lake, A. A. (2010). Towards transdisciplinary approaches to tackle obesity. Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, Amelia A., Townshend, Tim & Alvanides, S Wiley Blackwell. 

Townshend, T. & Lake, A.A. (2008). Sustainable and Healthy Urban Form: linking well being, obesity and the built environment. Ecopolis: Conceptualising and Defining Sustainable Design. Babalis, D 

Edited book

Lake, A.A.,Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. (2010). Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Wiley-Blackwell.

Journal Article

Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Wrieden, W.L., Adams, J., Abraham, C., Adamson, A., Araújo-Soares, V., White, M. & Lake, A.A. (2017). A description of interventions promoting healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets in England: a systematic mapping and evidence synthesisBMC Public Health 17: 93.

Tyrrell, R., Greenhalgh, F., Hodgson, S., Wills, W., Mathers, J., Adamson, A. & Lake, A. (2017). Food environments of young people: linking individual behaviour to environmental contextJournal of Public Health 39(1): 95-104.

Townshend T. & Lake A.A. (2017). Obesogenic environments: current evidence of the built and food environmentsPerspectives in Public Health 137(1): 38-44.

Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Routen, A., Lake, A.A., Adams, J., White, M., Araujo-Soares, V., Abraham, C. Adamson, A.J. & Brown, T.J. (2017). The impact of interventions to promote healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets open to the general public: a systematic reviewObesity Reviews 18(2): 227-246.

Tyrrell, R.L., Townshend, T.G., Adamson, A.J. & Lake, A.A. (2016). ‘I'm not trusted in the kitchen’ food environments and food behaviours of young people attending school and collegeJournal of Public Health 38(2): 289-299.

Goffe, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Doherty, A., Wrieden, W., Lake, A.A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C. , White, M., Adamson, A.J. & Adams, J. (2016). Comparison of sodium content of meals served by independent takeaways using standard versus reduced holed salt shakers: cross-sectional studyInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 13: 102.

Visram, S., Cheetham, M., Riby, D.M., Crossley, S.J. & Lake, A.A. (2016). Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudesBMJ Open 6(10): e010380.

Lake, A., Warren, J., Copeland, A., Rushmer, R. & Bambra, C. (2016). Developing virtual public health networks: aspiration and realityJournal of Public Health 38(4): e446-e454.

Lake, A., Smith, S., Bryant, C., Alinia, S., Brandt, K., Seal, C. & Tetens, I. (2016). Exploring the dynamics of a free fruit at work interventionBMC Public Health 16: 839.

Goffe, L., Wrieden, W., Penn, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C., White, M., Adamson, A. & Adams, J. (2016). Reducing the Salt Added to Takeaway Food: Within-Subjects Comparison of Salt Delivered by Five and 17 Holed Salt Shakers in Controlled ConditionsPLoS ONE 11(9): e0163093.

Adams, J., Hillier-Brown, F., Moore, H., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., White, M. & Summerbell, C. (2016). Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: critical reflections on three case studiesSystematic Reviews 5: 164.

Smith, S.A., Lake, A.A., Summerbell, C., Araujo-Soares, V. & Hillier-Brown, F. (2016). The effectiveness of workplace dietary interventions: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysisSystematic Reviews 5: 20.

Adams, J., Goffe, L., Brown, T., Lake, A., Summerbell, C., White, M., Wrieden, W. & Adamson, A. (2015). Frequency and socio-demographic correlates of eating meals out and take-away meals at home: cross-sectional analysis of the UK national diet and nutrition survey, waves 1-4 (2008-12)International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 12(1): 51.

Gallo, RG., Townshend, T. G & Lake, AA (2014). Exploring urban parks and their peripheral food environments using a case study approach: Young people and obesogenic environmentsURBAN DESIGN International 20: 28-43.

Hillier-Brown, F., Moore, H., Lake, A., Adamson, A., White, M., Adams, J., Araujo-Soares, V., Abraham, C. & Summerbell, C. (2014). The effectiveness of interventions targeting specific out-of-home food outlets: protocol for a systematic reviewSystematic Reviews 3(1): 17.

Moore, H.J., Nixon, C.A., Lake, A.A., Douthwaite, W., O'Malley, C.L., Pedley, C.L., Summerbell, C.D. & Routen, A.C. (2014). The environment can explain differences in adolescents’ daily physical activity levels living in a deprived urban area: Cross-sectional study using accelerometry, GPS and focus groupsJournal of Physical Activity and Health 11(8): 1517-1524.

Gallo, RG., Barrett, L & Lake, AA. (2014). The food environment within the primary school fringeBritish Food Journal 116(8): 1259-1275.

Burgoine, T, Alvanides,S & Lake, AA (2013). Creating ‘obesogenic realities’; do our methodological choices make a difference when measuring the food environment?International Journal of Health Geographics 12(1): 33.

Lake AA & Townshend TG. (2013). Exploring the built environment, physical activity and related behaviours of young people attending school, college and those not in employmentJournal of Public Health 35(1): 57-66.

Lake, A., Burgoine, T., Stamp, E. & Grieve, R. (2012). The foodscape: classification and field validation of secondary data sources across urban/rural and socio-economic classifications in EnglandInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 9: 37.

Burgoine, T., Alvanides, S. & Lake, AA. (2011). Assessing the obesogenic environment of North East EnglandHealth and Place 17(3): 738-747.

Briggs, L & Lake, AA (2011). Exploring school and home food environments: perceptions of 8–10-year-olds and their parents in Newcastle upon Tyne, UKPublic Health Nutrition 14(12): 2227-2235.

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In the news

  • The campaign for more vegetables
    ITV Tyne Tees, 6.00pm, 09/10/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake talks to ITV Tyne Tees about a new campaign to get more vegetables into our diet.

  • The student diet
    BBC Radio4, The Food Programme, 07/10/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake talks to BBC Radio 4's Food Programme about her student diet research and the sugar levy implemented at Teesside University.

  • Energy drinks adverts blast
    Daily Mirror (Ulster), p16, 01/09/2018, Daily Record, p6, 01/09/2018
    Energy drinks manufacturers are now facing calls for a crackdown on advertising as critics accuse them of targeting children. Dr Amelia Lake comments.

  • Energy drink makers accused of bending rules to target children
    The Times, p18, 31/08/2018, The Times (Scotland), p20, 31/08/2018, The Times, online, 31/08/2018
    Amelia Lake discusses her research into how children perceive energy drinks, saying she would support a review into the advertising of the drinks.

  • Energy drinks ban for children a positive step forward - says Tees academic
    Aycliffe Today, online, 31/08/2018, North east Chamber of Commerce, online, 31/08/2018
    A Teesside University academic who has long warned about the dangers of energy drinks has welcomed the proposal to ban the sale of them to children.

  • Energy drinks ban for children a positive step forward – says Teesside academic
    BBC 2, Victoria Derbyshire, 30/08/2018, BBC Radio5, 5 Live Breakfast, 30/08/2018, BBC Radio2, Mark Goodier, 30/08/2018, BBC Radio Tees, Neil and Anna, 30/08/2018, BBC Radio Sussex, Neil Pringle, 30/08/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake comments on the proposed ban on the sale of energy drinks to children.

  • Dr Amelia Lake talks maternal health, lifestyle and obesity
    Talk Radio, Julia Hartley-Brewer, 05/07/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake talks to Julia Hartley-Brewer about a new Harvard study on maternal health, lifestyle and obesity.

  • Energy drinks ban welcomed by campaigners
    North East Chamber of Commerce, online, 29/06/2018
    A crackdown on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s has been welcomed by a Teesside University academic who has long warned about the dangerous impact such drinks have on children.

  • The impact of energy drinks
    TalkRadio, Eamonn Holmes, 25/06/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake talks energy drinks with Eamonn Holmes.

  • Commons Select Committe on Energy Drinks
    BBC Look North, North East & Cumbria, 13/06/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake outlines Fuse research to a Commons Select Commitee on the impact of energy drinks on young people.

  • Young people in the UK drink more energy drinks than those in any other countries in Europe
    Scarborough Evening News, online, 11/06/2018, Chichester Observer, online, 11/06/2018, Edinburgh Evening News, online, 11/06/2018, Lancashire Evening Post, online, 11/06/2018, Bucks Herald, online, 11/06/2018, Mansfield Chad, online, 11/06/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake (Teesside University) and Shelina Visram (Newcastle University) outline their research into energy drinks and whether legislation to restrict the sale of energy drinks would be helpful.

  • How the UK got hooked on energy drinks - and what it's doing to our kids
    Huffington Post, online, 30/04/2018, Yahoo UK & Ireland, online, 30/04/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake joins the debate around selling energy drinks to children.

  • Should fast food shops be banned around schools?
    BBC Radio Tees, Scott Makin, 23/04/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake speaks to Scott Makin about whether fast food shops should be banned around schools.

  • Energy drink sales to children
    They Work For You, online, 18/04/2018
    Research by Teesside University has highlighted the risks of high caffeine and high sugar intake in children.

  • Nestle unveils new confectionary 30% lower in sugar
    BBC Breakfast, 26/03/2018, BBC Lunchtime News, 26/03/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake contributes to a debate around reducing sugar in confectionary.

  • Energy drinks inquiry launched
    BBC Radio5, 5 Live Investigates, 11/03/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake's research has prompted a House of Commons Select Committee inquiry into the consumption of energy drinks.

  • Does nutritional labelling reduce calories?
    Nutra Ingredients online, 08/03/2018, Food Navigator online, 08/03/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake comments on the issue of whether nutritional labelling effectively reduces calorie intake.

  • Plans to cut excess calorie consumption unveiled
    TalkRadio, Julia Hartley-Brewer, 06/03/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake comments on Public Health England's calorie reduction advice.

  • Teesside University: MP invites academic to provide expertise on energy drinks and young people
    4 Traders, 14/02/2018; Fuse (web), 13/02/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake, Fuse Associate Director was invited to London to meet MP Norman Lamb, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee.

  • Ban the buzz?
    New Scientist,10/02/2018:
    The bottom line is that teachers perceive these drinks create disruption," says Amelia Lake of Teesside University, UK, and co-author of a study published in November

  • BBC Radio Tees, Mike Parr,
    BBC Radio Tees, Main, Mike Parr, 30/01/2018:
    Amelia Lakes talks to BBC Radio Tees about healthy food choices

  • Now Asda and Aldi ban sale of energy drinks to under-16s
    Daily Mail, 19/01/2017; Mail Online UK, 19/10/2018, Celebrity Rave, 19/01/2018
    Dr Amelia Lake comments on the sale of energy drinks to under-16s.

  • BBC Radio Newcastle, Dr Amelia Lake
    BBC Radio Newcastle, Main, Lisa Shaw, 10/01/2018, :
    Dr Amelia Lake talks to BBC Radio Newcastle on diet and health

  • Waitrose won't serve energy drinks to under 16s - should others follow?
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle (Web) 08/01/2018:
    Dr Amelia Lake, Fuse Associate Director, at Teesside University, said: "What's interesting is the young people are essentially asking why these drinks being sold and marketed to them.

  • Energy Drinks Debate
    BBC Radio 5, 10/12/2017; New Food Magazine, 16/12/2017
    Dr Amelia Lake talks about the Research has revealed that around one in three young people say that they regularly consume energy drinks, which typically contain high levels of caffeine and sugar,

  • Should energy drinks be banned for under-16s?
    Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 01/12/2017; Fuse (web), 01/12/2017; Newcastle University, 01/12/2017; North East Connected, 01/12/2017, Evening Chronicle, 02/12/2017; Gazette Live, 03/12/2017
    Dr Amelia Lake comments on the experts call for age restrictions on the sale of energy drinks.

  • Moderate coffee drinking could be good for you, says new research
    The Sun Online, 23/12/2017; Scottish Sun Online, 23/11/2017; The Irish Sun, 23/11/2017; Irish Times, 23/11/2017; Ecommerce Journal, 23/11/2017; Junior College, 23/11/2017
    Teesside University, Dr Amelia Lake commented on the new research into coffee drinking.