Research at Leeds Beckett
Dr Claire Griffiths
About Dr Claire Griffiths
Before joining the Carnegie School of Sport Claire was the research coordinator for MoreLife, who deliver weight management and health improvement programmes to individuals, families, local communities and within workplaces. As part of this role Claire developed and delivered weight management programmes to overweight and obese children and families in both residential and community settings. In addition to overseeing all research activities as part of these programmes.
Claire's doctoral research, funded by Leeds Beckett University and supervised by Professor Paul Gately, Dr Paul Marchant and Professor Carlton Cooke, investigated the prevalence of obesity considering important demographic factors such as deprivation, ethnicity and educational attainment.
Claire contributes to a range of modules across the Carnegie School of Sport including obesity management, active lifestyles and multidisciplinary modules that are delivered across the Faculty.
Claire also teaches research methods at both undergraduate and masters level of study. In addition she supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.
Measurement and classification of childhood obesity: "Claire is particularly interested in this area and perhaps more importantly the health consequences associated with increased body weight during childhood.
Obesity and the environment: - Claire is particularly interested in investigating how the environment, including access to food outlets and opportunities for physical activity and lifestyle behaviours influence obesity. Claire's research also considers the relationship between area level deprivation and lifestyle behaviours / obesity.
Both areas of work have particular importance to public health - central to improving the prevention and treatment of obesity is to identify those most at risk and identify the actual role (over the assumed role) of the environment in which people live.
Currently projects including:
- Investigating the prevalence of obesity from a longitudinal perspective, comparing different classifications / measures of obesity
- Investigating the relationship between different measures of obesity for predicting the development of obesity related diseases
- Investigating the relationship between food access / density of food outlets and obesity prevalence
- Investigating the relationship between green space / access to physical activity and obesity prevalence
- Understanding behaviours (e.g. fast food consumption / physical activity) in relation to the environment and obesity
- Examining obesity levels in children and the relationship with socioeconomic group
- Examining physical activity levels and diet quality in children and the relationship with socioeconomic group