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'I’m Lovin’ it': Challenging the food environment

  • 09 February 2022
  • 12.15PM - 1.15PM
  • Public event: Yes  |  Booking required: Yes
  • H0.53, Centuria Building  |  Directions

The UK food environment is almost unrecognisable compared with thirty years ago. Alongside this change has been an exponential increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity. This has stimulated research across the world to explain the relationship between aspects of food retailing, diet and health. Fifteen years ago, Professor Lake began working on a prestigious NIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship that explored the impact of the food environment on our eating behaviours and she continues working in that field today.

The relationship between food choice, dietary habits and the environment is complex. Not least because there are so many factors at play including policy (food policy, planning policy), our human behaviours (likes and dislikes) and the complexities around inequalities and access to food.

Professor Lake continues to challenge and push disciplinary boundaries by working with colleagues from Planning, Public Health, Food Science, Sociology, Business Logistics and Supply Chain experts to explore what is used to help shape the environment into a healthier environment. Her internationally recognised work has influenced policies.

In this lecture, Prof Lake will explore the complexities of the food environment, as well as addressing the challenges and opportunities to make healthier diets accessible to all.

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Professor Amelia Lake is a dietitian and public health nutritionist at Teesside University. Amelia is Associate Director of Fuse, The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health ( and is the Fuse lead within the NIHR School of Public Health research theme ‘Places and Communities’.

Amelia’s current work is around food systems, healthy planning policy, school food environments, food insecurity, energy drinks, and the obesogenic environment. She has a particular interest in the food environment, the environments of young people, knowledge exchange and the workplace environment. Her research involves transdisciplinary collaborations to examine how the environment interacts with individual behaviours.

Amelia worked in the National Health Service as a dietitian before taking up a research post with Newcastle University, where she completed a PhD and held a prestigious NIHR Post-doc Fellowship. Amelia is the Academic Lead of the Fuse Communications Group which established the award-winning Fuse Open Science Blog ( Amelia has represented the British Dietetic Association (BDA) in helping to shape food related policy. She is a passionate science communicator on the topic of nutrition and is active on twitter.

Amelia has extensive experience of working with policy makers, practitioners, non-specialist audiences as well as academics, and has produced training programmes as well as short films. Amelia also runs a small charity called The David Ashwell Foundation funding research into a rare lung diseases affecting new born babies in memory of her eldest son David.

Twitter @lakenutrition

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