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Exploring appetite control and weight management strategies in individuals from low and high socio-economic status (SES) groups

Department of Psychology

About the Project

Individuals from low SES groups are more likely to be obese compared to individuals from higher SES groups. Recent research has shown that low SES groups are more responsive to dietary manipulations that promote increased food intake (e.g. portion size effect). This project will examine appetite responses to dietary and psychological manipulations in low and high SES groups and explore factors for possible differences in appetite control between these groups.

Funding Notes

Self funded or externally sponsored students only. Intakes are usually October and March annually.

NB The University has some scholarships under competition each year. More details can be found - View Website


Buckland, N. J., Camidge, D., Croden, F., Lavin, J. H., Stubbs, R. J., Hetherington, M. M., . . . Finlayson, G. (2018). A Low Energy-Dense Diet in the Context of a Weight-Management Program Affects Appetite Control in Overweight and Obese Women. Journal of Nutrition, 148(5), 798-806. doi:10.1093/jn/nxy041
Sim, A. Y., Lim, E. X., Forde, C. G., & Cheon, B. K. (2018). Personal relative deprivation increases self-selected portion sizes and food intake. Appetite, 121, 268-274. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.11.100
Wardle, J., & Griffith, J. (2001). Socioeconomic status and weight control practices in British adults. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 55(3), 185-190. doi:10.1136/jech.55.3.185

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