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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. 

Current Teaching

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 master’s level of study. In addition she supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Journal articles (29)

Conference contributions (16)

  • Zwolinsky S; McKenna J; Pringle A; Widdop P; Griffiths C; Mellis M; Rutherford Z; Collins P (2016) Sedentary Behaviour And Physical Activity: A 2-step Hierarchical Cluster Analysis: 2771 Board #294 June 3, 9: 30 AM - 11: 00 AM. .
    https://doi.org/10.1249/01.mss.0000487340.47625.cb
  • Griffiths C; Gately P; Marchant P; Cooke C (2013) A five year longitudinal study investigating the prevalence of childhood obesity in the UK: Do national targets capture the real picture? Liverpool 12/05/2013.
  • Griffiths C; Marchant P; Cooke CB (2010) Modelling obesity and underweight status in Leeds school children Brighton, UK 14/09/2010.
  • Griffiths C; Marchant P; Gately PJ; Radley D; Mackreth P; Wilson A; Cooke CB (2010) Multilevel modelling of childhood obesity: A city wide school based evaluation Stockholm 11/07/2010. Stockholm, Sweden: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A1trb4/ico2010conferencegui/resources/110.htm
  • Mackreth K; Griffiths C; Gately PJ; Radley D; Mackreth P; Wilson A; Cooke CB (2010) Childhood obesity: Implications for market segmentation Stockholm, Sweden 11/07/2010.
  • Edwards KL; Griffiths C; Radley D; Clarke G; Gately PJ; Cooke CB (2010) Childhood Obseogenic environments: A cross sectional study of weight status and the obesogenic environment in 11 year olds in Leeds, UK Stockholm, Sweden 11/07/2010.
  • Griffiths C (2010) Childhood obesity, a study of children in Leeds Secondary Schools Leeds 17/03/2012.
  • Griffiths C; Marchant P; Gately PJ; Radley D; Mackreth P; Wilson A; Cooke CB (2010) Multilevel modelling of childhood obesity: A city wide school based evaluation . Stockholm, Sweden:
  • Cooke MC; Griffiths C; Gately PJ; Messenger N; Strauss D; Cooke CB (2010) The effects of overweight and obesity on plantar force and pressure during walking in adolescents Glasgow 06/09/2010.
  • Smith AJW; Greatwood H; MacKreth PK; Griffiths C; Cooke CB; McKenna J (2010) The impact of commuting made to/from school on the amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity accumulated in the journey . Journal of Sports Sciences:
  • Greatwood H; McGregor S; Smith AJW; Mackreth PK; Griffiths C; Cooke CB; McKenna J (2009) Is there a relationship between energy intake and self-perception in year 7 children? Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK 01/09/2009.
  • Griffiths C; Mackreth K; Edwards K; Marchant P; Gately P; Cooke C (2009) Childhood obesity: Segmenting the market Leeds 07/07/2009.
  • Griffiths C (2009) 'Promoting your Research to the Public' Childhood Obesity: A growing problem Leeds .
  • Edwards K; Griffiths C; Radley D; Clarke G; Gately P; Marchant P; Cooke C (2009) Childhood obesity and overweight are associated with deprivation, perception of access to facilities and neighbourhood safety, and diet and physical activity behaviours at the small area level Maynooth .
  • Radley D; Smith AJW; Greatwood H; Mackreth P; Griffiths C; Cooke CB; McKenna J (2009) Accelerometry-based physical activity assessment: An objective measure? Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK .
  • Radley D; Griffiths C; Cooke C; Mackreth P; Gately P (2006) How fat are our children? Discrepancy in prevalence data using different classification systems Sydney 03/09/2006.

Conference proceedings (3)

  • Gately P; Cooke C; Radley D; Mackreth P; Griffiths C; Hill A (2007) Prevalence of overweight and obesity using three accepted methods. In: . : , pp. S41-S41.
    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803599
  • Radley D; Griffiths C; Mackreth P; Cooke C; Gately P (2007) Variation in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in UK schools. In: 15th European Congress on Obesity Budapest 22/04/2007 00:00:00. : , pp. 196-196.
    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803599
  • Radley D; Griffiths C; Cooke C; Mackreth P; Gately P (2007) A comparison of air displacement plethysmography and bioelectrical impedance analysis in overweight and obese children. In: 15th European Congress on Obesity Budapest 22/04/2007 00:00:00. : , pp. S110.
    https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ijo.0803598

Other (2)

  • Griffiths C (2010) Childhood obesity, a study of children in Leeds Secondary Schools
  • Griffiths C (2010) Childhood obesity: the real picture, beyond the headline figures
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