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Stair climbing interventions to target obesity

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This project uses prompts in the environment to increase the accumulation of stair climbing as a part of daily living. Although the behaviour itself may appear trivial, an 80kg man climbing the stairs in his home 10 extra times a day, would accumulate energy expenditure equivalent to 3lbs of fat within a year. These interventions have produced greater effects in overweight participants of a worksite intervention (Eves, Webb & Mutrie, 2006), an effect recently confirmed in station (Lewis & Eves, 2011). Only the overweight responded to a calorific expenditure message, a unique finding in public health. Calorific expenditure via stair climbing appears an achievable and attractive physical activity for overweight individuals. We have developed a new approach to prompting in the environment and the project will continue this innovative and effective line of research.


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Funding Notes

This project can be self-funding and I am willing to explore alternative funding options for the right candidate. The university has a number of schemes that apply to candidates with 1st Class degrees.

A familiarity with social psychology, social cognition research and behavioural interventions would be advantageous but is not essential, as training will be given.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.40

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