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Understanding changes in the British diet

The growth in obesity and other diet related health problems in the UK over the past few decades is well documented. At this event we will present two pieces of research that help us better understand what is driving these changes. The first focuses on quantifying the importance of some of the main reasons why obesity levels have risen dramatically in the past 30 years, including changes in calorie intake and levels of physical activity. The second explores the impact that the recent ‘Great Recession’ has had on consumers’ food purchasing behaviour. The recession entailed shocks to consumers’ income and to food prices; how have these translated into changes in diets? Our research aims to shed light on these questions, and to help us better understand the broad factors which have driven changes in British diet quality.

This event has been organised by the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS and is taking place as part of the eleventh annual ESRC Festival of Social Science, 2 to 9 November 2013. The research that will be presented has been funded by grants from the ESRC and also the European Union, via the European Research Council (ERC-2009-AdG grant agreement number 249529).

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This presentation was given at the 'Understanding British Diet' event which took place as part of the ESRC festival of Social Science 2013
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This presentation was given at the 'Understanding British Diet' event which took place as part of the ESRC festival of Social Science 2013
Presentation
This presentation was given at the 'Understanding British Diet' event which took place as part of the ESRC festival of Social Science 2013.
Presentation
This presentation was given at the 'Understanding British Diet' event which took place as part of the ESRC festival of Social Science 2013.