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Improving nutrition in metropolitan areas

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This summer, King’s is the venue for the Nutrition Society’s 2017 summer conference.  The theme of the conference is improving nutrition in metropolitan areas.

Peter Emery, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism and Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, and Tom Sanders, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition & Dietetics are the scientific programme organisers.

According to the Nutrition Society, the characteristics of metropolitan areas are that they are ethnically and socially diverse and a high proportion of food is consumed outside the home or ready prepared. Workers and children spend much time travelling to work and school respectively and shift work is needed to maintain the transport infrastructure and food supply. Individuals can no longer rely on traditional support networks of families. Single-parent families and teenage pregnancies are prevalent and homelessness is a major problem. These conditions present major challenges for improving nutrition.

The three day conference (10-12 July) will include presentations by academics from the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, including Professor Seeromanie Harding, Dr Gerda Pot and Dr Rachel Loopstra who will be speaking on the following:

Cultural and ethnic diversity in metropolitan areas and its impact on food choice and nutrition Professor Seeromanie Harding

Sleep and dietary habits in the urban environment Dr Gerda Pot

Interventions to address household food insecurity: how much does place matter? Dr Rachel Loopstra

King’s has been at the forefront of nutrition and dietetics education and research since a Department of Nutrition was established in 1945. It was the first university department of nutrition in Europe and has played a key part in establishing nutrition as an academic subject and encouraging public interest in the food we eat and how it effects our health.

For more information about the conference visit the Nutrition Society’s website