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Insights

Personal insights and blogs from members of the SPECTRUM Consortium

How can we turn the tide on obesity? Taking forward recommendations from the healthy weight strategy

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Caroline Cerny from the Obesity Health Alliance shares highlights from our joint webinar on 16 November, exploring how to turn recommendations from the recently published healthy weight strategy into action.

Monitoring smoking behaviour across Scotland, Wales, and England

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SPECTRUM Research Fellow, Dr Loren Kock, outlines recent progress from the Smoking Toolkit Study following the launch of their new website.

Ten years of Stoptober

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Jamie Brown, University College London, and Martin Dockrell, Public Health England, reflect on the Stoptober national smoking cessation campaign as it enters its tenth year.

Putting the country’s health first on the route to Covid-19 recovery

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This week marks Global Week for Action on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

One year on from the Obesity Strategy: How far have we come, how far to go?

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Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, marks one year of the Government’s landmark Tackling Obesity strategy.

In Conversation… with Professor Linda Bauld, hosted by Dr Lauren Carters-White

SPECTRUM Director, Professor Linda Bauld, discusses her path into public health, highlights of her career to date, and her science communication work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Potential withdrawal of online advertising ban of unhealthy food

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Dr Lauren Carters-White explains why the news that the Government is potentially reneging on their proposal to ban online advertisements of HFSS products is a particularly concerning one - especially as this was highlighted as a flagship policy in Summer 2020 and a key part of the UK Government’s new obesity strategy

What does the new UK Government legislation on unhealthy food promotions mean for public health?

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SPECTRUM Research Fellow, Dr Lauren Carters-White, discusses opportunities and challenges around the recent UK Government announcement of unhealthy food promotions legislation.

Pervasive and inescapable: parents’ and children’s views of online advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children

Dr Lauren White has written a blog on her PhD, which examined parents’ and children’s views on the regulation of online advertising of unhealthy food and drink to children

What next for tobacco control in Scotland?

Professor Niamh Shortt queries the next steps for tobacco control in Scotland, in a blog for The Centre for Research on Environment Society and Health (CRESH)