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Professor Carolyn Summerbell

Professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40046
Principal of John Snow College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40034

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Carolyn Summerbell is Professor of Nutrition and works (50%) within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences. She is also the Principal of John Snow College (50%). Professor Summerbell studied at King’s College University of London, and has a degree in Nutrition, and also a post graduate diploma in dietetics. Her PhD was about nibbling and gorging (feeding patterns) and body weight in human. She worked as a research dietitian on a number of different projects at a variety of London hospitals after her PhD, and then as a lecturer in nutrition at QMUL, based at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. This included teaching medical, dental and biomedical science students (about nutrition), research on obesity, and also clinical work in the obesity clinics at Bart’s and The Royal London hospitals. It was during this time when she became involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and systematic reviewing, which remains an important pillar of her research.

Professor Summerbell’s research focuses on public health and the prevention of obesity, which includes elements of nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Specifically, her work includes 1) the collation of evidence for the prevention of obesity in children and adults, and dissemination and translation of this evidence into policy and practice, 2) the development of community-based interventions to prevent childhood and adult obesity, and 3) the development of tools to assess dietary intake and physical activity levels at population level. The need to assess and reduce health inequalities underpins this programme of work.

Professor Summerbell has a strong record of attracting research grants from a variety of funding sources. For example, she is a co-applicant on one (called Fuse) of the seven members of the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded SPHR (School for Public Health Research). Fuse includes all five Universities in the North East of England, and she is Deputy Director of Fuse. She is involved in a number of research projects, including those funded by BIG Lottery, The European Commission, MRC, NIHR, and SPHR. She is also involved in the N8 Agrifood Resilience programme. She is also a member of the Expert Committee of the EPODE International Network (from the French Ensemble, Prévenons l’Obésité des Enfants / Together Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity),, and was one of the founding trustees of the charity First Steps Nutrition Trust.

Professor Summerbell was a member of the Research Funding Board of the NIHR funded Public Health Research Programme from it’s inception to 2013, and is currently a member of the expert review panel of the MRC/NIHR/BBSRC funded UK Nutrition Research Partnership (UK NRP) Collaborative Awards. Prof Summerbell has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and many Cochrane reviews, including a review of interventions for the prevention of childhood obesity which, between January 2015 and May 2016, was downloaded 15,663 times and is the 4th highest downloaded review of 19,274 articles from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in this time period. She is regularly invited to give keynote lectures at international conferences, and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Obesity.

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Tackling Inequalities in Obesity, NIHR, £207,000 (2011 - 2014)

Research Interests

  • The collation of evidence for the prevention of obesity in children and adults
  • Dissemination and translation of evidence for the prevention of obesity in children and adults into policy and practice
  • The development of community-based interventions to prevent childhood and adult obesity
  • The development of tools to assess dietary intake and physical activity levels at population level

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • Dougkas, Anestis, Barr, Suzanne, Reddy, Sheela & Summerbell, Carolyn D. (2019). A critical review of the role of milk and other dairy products in the development of obesity in children and adolescents. Nutrition Research Reviews 32(1): 106-127.
  • Malden, Stephen, Reilly, John. J., Gibson, Ann-Marie, Bardid, Farid, Summerbell, Carolyn, De Craemer, Marieke, Cardon, Greet, Androutsos, Odysseas, Manios, Yannis & Hughes, Adrienne (2019). A feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial of a preschool obesity prevention intervention: ToyBox-Scotland. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 5(1): 128.
  • Rai, Kiran K., Dogra, Sufyan Abid, Barber, Sally, Adab, Peymane, Summerbell, Carolyn, Arshad, Mohammed, McEachan, Rosie, Frew, Emma, Hewitt, Catherine, Sheard, Laura, Siddiqi, Kamran, Watson, Judith & Wright, John (2019). A scoping review and systematic mapping of health promotion interventions associated with obesity in Islamic religious settings in the UK. Obesity Reviews 20(9): 1231-1261.
  • Hillier-Brown, F., Lloyd, S., Muhammad, L., Summerbell, C. , Goffe, L. Hildred, N. Adams, J. Penn, L., Wrieden, W., White, M., Lake, A., Moore, H., Abraham, C., Adamson, A. & Araújo-Soares, V. (2019). Feasibility and acceptability of a Takeaway Masterclass aimed at encouraging healthier cooking practices and menu options in takeaway food outlets. Public Health Nutrition 22(12): 2268-2278.
  • Keeble, Matthew, Burgoine, Thomas, White, Martin, Summerbell, Carolyn, Cummins, Steven & Adams, Jean (2019). How does local government use the planning system to regulate hot food takeaway outlets? A census of current practice in England using document review. Health & Place 57: 171-178.
  • Brown, Tamara, Moore, Theresa HM, Hooper, Lee, Gao, Yang, Zayegh, Amir, Ijaz, Sharea, Elwenspoek, Martha, Foxen, Sophie C, Magee, Lucia, O'Malley, Claire, Waters, Elizabeth & Summerbell, Carolyn D (2019). Interventions for preventing obesity in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (7).
  • Noor Hafizah, Yatiman, Ang, Lee Choo, Yap, Fendy, Nurul Najwa, Wan, Cheah, Whye Lian, Ruzita, Abd Talib, Jumuddin, Farra Aidah, Koh, Denise, Lee, Julia Ai Cheng, Essau, Cecilia A., Reeves, Sue, Summerbell, Carolyn, Leigh Gibson, Edward & Poh, Bee Koon (2019). Validity and Reliability of a Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) to Assess Dietary Intake of Preschool Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16(23): 4722.
  • Ells, L., Watson, P., Carlebach, S., O'Malley, C., Jones, D., Machaira, T., Whittaker, V., Clements, H., Walker, P., Needham, K., Summerbell, C., Coulton, V. & Araujo-Soares, V. (2018). A mixed method evaluation of adult tier 2 lifestyle weight management service provision across a county in Northern England. Clinical Obesity 8(3): 191-202.
  • Malden, Stephen, Hughes, Adrienne. R., Gibson, Ann-Marie, Bardid.Farid, Androutsos, Odysseas, Craemer, Marieke De, Manios, Yannis, Summerbell, Carolyn, Cardon, Greet & Reilly, John. J. (2018). Adapting the ToyBox obesity prevention intervention for use in Scottish preschools: Protocol for a feasibility cluster randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 8(10): e023707.
  • Brown, Tamara, O’Malley, Claire, Blackshaw, Jamie, Coulton, Vicki, Tedstone, Alison, Summerbell, Carolyn & Ells, Louisa J (2018). Exploring the evidence base for Tier 3 specialist weight management interventions for children aged 2–18 years in the UK: a rapid systematic review. Journal of Public Health 40(4): 835-847.
  • Penn, Linda, Rodrigues, Angela, Haste, Anna, Marques, Marta M., Budig, Kirsten, Sainsbury, Kirby, Bell, Ruth, Araújo-Soares, Vera, White, Martin, Summerbell, Carolyn, Goyder, Elizabeth, Brennan, Alan, Adamson, Ashley J. & Sniehotta, Falko F. (2018). NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in England: formative evaluation of the programme in early phase implementation. BMJ Open 8(2): e019467.
  • Abdelhamid, Asmaa S, Brown, Tracey J, Brainard, Julii S, Biswas, Priti, Thorpe, Gabrielle C, Moore, Helen J, Deane, Katherine HO, AlAbdulghafoor, Fai K, Summerbell, Carolyn D, Worthington, Helen V, Song, Fujian & Hooper, Lee (2018). Omega-3 fatty acids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2018(7): CD003177.
  • Goffe, Louis, Penn, Linda, Adams, Jean, Araujo-Soares, Vera, Summerbell, Carolyn D., Abraham, Charles, White, Martin, Adamson, Ashley & Lake, Amelia A. (2018). The challenges of interventions to promote healthier food in independent takeaways in England: qualitative study of intervention deliverers’ views. BMC Public Health 18(1): 184.
  • Haste, Anna, Penn, Linda, Rodrigues, Angela M., Marques, Marta M., Budig, Kirsten, Bell, Ruth, Summerbell, Carolyn, White, Martin, Adamson, Ashley J. & Sniehotta, Falko F. (2018). Using evidence-based guidelines to inform service provision: a structured mapping exercise within the National Health Service Diabetes Prevention Programme in England. BMC Research Notes 11(1): 510.
  • Hesketh, K., O'Malley, C., Paes, V., Moore, H., Summerbell, C., Ong, K., Lakshman, R. & Sluijs, E. (2017). Determinants of Change in Physical Activity in Children 0–6 years of Age: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Literature. Sports Medicine 47(4): 1349-1374.
  • Latomme, J., Cardon, G., De Bourdeaudhuij, I., Iotova, V., Koletzko, B., Socha, P., Moreno, L., Androutsos, O., Manios, Y., De Craemer, M., Paw, M.C.A., Summerbell, C., Lobstein, T., Annemans, L., Buijs, G., Reilly, J., Swinburn, B., Ward, D., Grammatikaki, E., Katsarou, C., Apostolidou, E., Efstathopoulou, E., Duvinage, K., Ibrügger, S., Strauß, A., Herbert, B., Birnbaum, J., Payr, A., Geyer, C., De Decker, E., De Henauw, S., Maes, L., Vereecken, C., Van Assche, J., Pil, L., Te Velde, S., Mouratidou, T., Fernandez, J., Mesana, M., De Miguel-Etayo, P., González, E., Gracia-Marco, L., Oves, B., Yngve, A., Kugelberg, S., Lynch, C., Mosdøl, A., Nilsen, B.B., Moore, H., Douthwaite, W., Nixon, C., Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Kulaga, Z., Zych, K., Góźdź, M., Gurzkowska, B., Szott, K., Lateva, M., Usheva, N., Galcheva, S., Marinova, V., Radkova, Z., Feschieva, N., Aikenhead, A., Dorgelo, A., Nethe, A., Jansen, J., Gmeiner, O., Retterath, J., Wildeis, J., Günthersberger, A., Gibson, L. & Voegele, C. (2017). Effect and process evaluation of a kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention with a randomized cluster design on sedentary behaviour in 4- to 6- year old European preschool children: The ToyBox-study. PLOS ONE 12(4): e0172730.
  • Brown, T. J., O'Malley, C., Blackshaw, J., Coulton, V., Tedstone, A., Summerbell, C. & Ells, L. J. (2017). Exploring the evidence base for Tier 3 weight management interventions for adults: a systematic review. Clinical Obesity 7(5): 260-272.
  • Barlow, Jane, Beake, Sarah, Bick, Debra, Bryson, Caroline, Day, Laurie, Gilby, Nicholas, Glover, Vivette, Knibbs, Sarah, Leyland, Alastair, Lindsay, Geoff, Mathers, Sandra, McKenna, Katharine, Petrou, Stavros, Purdon, Susan, Sylva, Kathy, Summerbell, Carolyn D, Tudor, Fiona, Wheeler, Amy & Woolgar, Virginia (2017). Initial protocol for a national evaluation of an area-based intervention programme (A Better Start) on early-life outcomes: a longitudinal cohort study with comparison (control) cohort samples. BMJ Open 7(8): e015086.
  • Flodgren, Gerd, Gonçalves-Bradley, Daniela C & Summerbell, Carolyn D (2017). Interventions to change the behaviour of health professionals and the organisation of care to promote weight reduction in children and adults with overweight or obesity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017(11): CD000984.
  • Heslehurst, N., Dinsdale, S., Brandon, C J., Johnston, C., Summerbell, C. & Rankin, J. (2017). Lived experiences of routine antenatal dietetic services among women with obesity: A qualitative phenomenological study. Midwifery 49: 47-53.
  • Barber, S.E., Jackson, C., Hewitt, C., Ainsworth, H.R., Buckley, H., Akhtar, S., Bingham, D.D., Routen, A.C., Summerbell, C., Richardson, G., Moore, H.J., Pickett, K.E., O’Malley, C., Brierley, S. & Wright, J. (2016). Assessing the feasibility of evaluating and delivering a physical activity intervention for pre-school children: a pilot randomised controlled trial. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2(1): 12.
  • Tymms, Peter, Curtis, Sarah E., Routen, Ash C., Thomson, Katie H., Bolden, David S., Bock, Susan, Dunn, Christine E., Cooper, Ashley R., Elliott, Julian G., Moore, Helen J., Summerbell, Carolyn D., Tiffin, Paul A. & Kasim Adetayo S. (2016). Clustered randomised controlled trial of two education interventions designed to increase physical activity and well-being of secondary school students: The MOVE Project. BMJ Open 6(1): e009318.
  • Brown, T.J., Todd, A., O’Malley, C., Moore, H.J., Husband, A.K., Bambra, C., Kasim, A., Sniehotta F.F., Steed, L., Smith, S., Nield, L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2016). Community pharmacy-delivered interventions for public health priorities: a systematic review of interventions for alcohol reduction, smoking cessation and weight management, including meta-analysis for smoking cessation. BMJ Open 6(2): e009828.
  • Goffe, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Doherty, A., Wrieden, W., Lake, A.A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C., White, M., Adamson, A.J. & Adams, J. (2016). Comparison of sodium content of meals served by independent takeaways using standard versus reduced holed salt shakers: cross-sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 13: 102.
  • Wright, J., Fairley, L., McEachan, R., Bryant, M., Petherick, E., Sahota, P., Santorelli, G., Barber, S., Lawlor, D. A., Taylor, N., Bhopal, R., Cameron, N., West, J., Hill, A., Summerbell, C., Farrin, A., Ball, H., Brown, T., Farrar, D. & Small, N. (2016). Development and evaluation of an intervention for the prevention of childhood obesity in a multiethnic population: the Born in Bradford applied research programme. Programme Grants for Applied Research 4(6): 1-164.
  • Nnyanzi, Lawrence A., Summerbell, Carolyn D., Ells, Louisa & Shucksmith, Janet (2016). Parental response to a letter reporting child overweight measured as part of a routine national programme in England: results from interviews with parents. BMC Public Health 16(1): 846.
  • McSweeney, Lorraine A., Rapley, Tim, Summerbell, Carolyn D., Haighton, Catherine A. & Adamson, Ashley J. (2016). Perceptions of nursery staff and parent views of healthy eating promotion in preschool settings: an exploratory qualitative study. BMC Public Health 16(1): 841.
  • Goffe, L., Wrieden, W., Penn, L., Hillier-Brown, F., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., Summerbell, C., White, M., Adamson, A. & Adams, J. (2016). Reducing the Salt Added to Takeaway Food: Within-Subjects Comparison of Salt Delivered by Five and 17 Holed Salt Shakers in Controlled Conditions. PLoS ONE 11(9): e0163093.
  • Adams, J., Hillier-Brown, F., Moore, H., Lake, A., Araujo-Soares, V., White, M. & Summerbell, C. (2016). Searching and synthesising ‘grey literature’ and ‘grey information’ in public health: critical reflections on three case studies. Systematic Reviews 5: 164.
  • Smith, S.A., Lake, A.A., Summerbell, C., Araujo-Soares, V. & Hillier-Brown, F. (2016). The effectiveness of workplace dietary interventions: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews 5: 20.
  • Padmanabhan, U., Summerbell, C.D. & Heslehurst, N. (2015). A qualitative study exploring pregnant women's weight-related attitudes and beliefs in UK: The BLOOM study. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 15: 99.
  • Heslehurst, N., Dinsdale, S., Sedgewick, G., Simpson, H., Sen, S., Summerbell, C. & Rankin, J. (2015). An evaluation of the implementation of maternal obesity pathways of care: a mixed methods study with data integration. PLOS ONE 10(5): e0127122.
  • Summerbell, C. & Brown, T. (2015). Childhood obesity: the guideline for primary care should form part of a whole-system approach. Canadian Medical Association Journal 187(6): 389-390.
  • Mazarello Paes, V., Hesketh, K., O’Malley, C., Moore, H., Summerbell, C., Griffin, S., van Sluijs, E.M.F., Ong, K.K. & Lakshman, R. (2015). Determinants of sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in young children: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews 16(11): 903-913.
  • Brown, T., Smith, S., Bhopal, R., Kasim, A. & Summerbell, C. (2015). Diet and Physical Activity Interventions to Prevent or Treat Obesity in South Asian Children and Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 12(1): 566-594.
  • Chamieh, M.C., Moore, H.J., Summerbell, C., Tamim, H., Sibai, A.M. & Hwalla, N. (2015). Diet, physical activity and socio-economic disparities of obesity in Lebanese adults: findings from a national study. BMC Public Health 15: 279.
  • Hooper, L., Abdelhamid, A., Bunn, D., Brown, T., Summerbell, C.D. & Skeaff, C.M. (2015). Effects of total fat intake on body weight. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (8): CD011834.
  • Adams, Jean, Goffe, Louis, Brown, Tamara, Lake, Amelia, Summerbell, Carolyn, White, Martin, Wrieden, Wendy & Adamson, Ashley (2015). Frequency and socio-demographic correlates of eating meals out and take-away meals at home: cross-sectional analysis of the UK national diet and nutrition survey, waves 1-4 (2008-12). International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 12(1): 51.
  • Bambra, C., Hillier, F., Cairns, J., Kasim, A., Moore, H. & Summerbell, C. (2015). How effective are interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among children and adults? Two systematic reviews. Public Health Research 3(1): 1.
  • Barber, S.E., Akhtar, S., Jackson, C., Bingham, D.D., Hewitt, C., Routen, A., Richardson, G., Ainsworth, H., Moore, H.J., Summerbell, C.D., Pickett, K.E., O’Malley, C., Brierley, S. & Wright, J. (2015). Preschoolers in the Playground: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial of a physical activity intervention for children aged 18 months to 4 years. Public Health Research 3(5): 1.
  • Amezcua-Prieto, C., Olmedo-Requena, R., Martínez-Ruíz, V., Jiménez-Mejías, E., Mozas-Moreno, J., Jiménez-Moleón, J,J. & Summerbell, C. (2015). Relationship between Pre-Pregnancy Body Mass Index, Physical Activity and Sedentary Lifestyles Before and During Pregnancy: A Cross-Sectional Study. Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health 02(06).
  • Cairns, J.M., Bambra, C., Hillier-Brown, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2015). Weighing up the evidence: a systematic review of the effectiveness of workplace interventions to tackle socio-economic inequalities in obesity. Journal of Public Health 37(4): 659-670.
  • Heslehurst, N., Russell, S., Brandon, H., Johnston, C., Summerbell, C. & Rankin, J. (2015). Women's perspectives are required to inform the development of maternal obesity services: a qualitative study of obese pregnant women's experiences. Health Expectations 18(5): 969-981.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Bambra, C.L., Cairns-Nagi, J.M., Kasim, A., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). A systematic review of the effectiveness of individual, community and societal level interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst adults. International Journal of Obesity 38(12): 1483-1490.
  • Hartmann-Boyce, J, Johns, D.J, Jebb, S.A, Summerbell, C & Aveyard, P (2014). Behavioural weight management programmes for adults assessed by trials conducted in everyday contexts: systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews 15(11): 920-932.
  • Steed, L., Kassavou, K., Madurasinghe, V.W., Edwards, E.A., Todd, A., Summerbell, C.D., Nkansah, N., Bero, L., Durieux, P., Taylor, S.J.C., Rivas, C. & Walton, R.T. (2014). Community pharmacy interventions for health promotion: effects on professional practice and health outcomes (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (7): CD011207.
  • Todd, A., Moore, H.J., Husband, A., Bambra, C., Kasim, A., Sniehotta, F., Steed, L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). Community pharmacy interventions for public health priorities: protocol for a systematic review of community pharmacy-delivered smoking, alcohol and weight management interventions. Systematic Reviews 3: 93.
  • Jones, Caroline HD, Pollard, Tessa M, Summerbell, CD & Ball, Helen L (2014). Could parental rules play a role in the association between short sleep and obesity in young children? Journal of Biosocial Science 46(3): 405-418.
  • Habib-Mourad, C., Moore, H., Nabhani, Z.M., Hwalla, N. & Summerbell, C. (2014). Health-E-PALS: promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity in Lebanese school children – Intervention development. Education and Health 32(1): 3-8.
  • Habib-Mourad, C., Ghandour, L., Moore, H., Nabhani-Zeidan, M., Kasim, A., Hwalla, N. & Summerbell, C. (2014). Promoting healthy eating and physical activity among school children: findings from Health-E-PALS, the first pilot intervention from Lebanon. BMC Public Health 14: 940.
  • Moore, H.J., Hillier, F.C., Batterham, A.M., Ells, L.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2014). Technology-based dietary assessment development of the Synchronised Nutrition and Activity Program (SNAP™). Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 27(Suppl. 1): 36-42.
  • Hillier-Brown, Frances, Moore, Helen, Lake, Amelia, Adamson, Ashley, White, Martin, Adams, Jean, Araujo-Soares, Vera, Abraham, Charles & Summerbell, Carolyn (2014). The effectiveness of interventions targeting specific out-of-home food outlets: protocol for a systematic review. Systematic Reviews 3(1): 17.
  • Moore, H.J., Nixon, C.A., Lake, A.A., Douthwaite, W., O'Malley, C.L., Pedley, C.L., Summerbell, C.D. & Routen, A.C. (2014). The environment can explain differences in adolescents’ daily physical activity levels living in a deprived urban area: Cross-sectional study using accelerometry, GPS and focus groups. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 11(8): 1517-1524.
  • Van Koperen, TM, Jebb, SA, Summerbell, CD, Visscher, TL, Romon, M, Borys JM, & Seidell JC (2013). Characterizing the EPODE logic model unravelling the past and informing the future. Obesity reviews 14(2): 162-170.
  • Barber, S.E., Jackson, C., Akhtar, S., Bingham, D.D., Ainsworth, H., Hewitt, C., Richardson, G., Summerbell, C.D., Pickett, K.E., Moore, H.J., Routen, A.C., O'Malley, C.L., Brierley, S. & Wright, J. (2013). Pre-schoolers in the playground: an outdoor physical activity intervention for children aged 18 months to 4 years old: study protocol for a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial. Trials 14(1): 326.
  • Lakshman, R, Paes, V, Hesketh, H, O’Malley, C, Moore, H, Ong, K, Griffin, S, Van Sluijs, E & Summerbell, C (2013). Protocol for systematic reviews of determinants/correlates of obesity related dietary and physical activity behaviours in young children (preschool 0-6yrs): evidence mapping and syntheses. Systematic Reviews 2(1): 28.
  • Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J., Cairns-Nagi, J.M. & Summerbell, C.D. (2013). Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among adults. Systematic Reviews 2(1): 27.
  • Hillier, F.C., Batterham, A.M., Nixon, C.A., Crayton, A.M., Pedley, C.L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). A community-based health promotion intervention using brief negotiation techniques and a pledge on dietary intake, physical activity levels and weight outcomes: lessons learnt from an exploratory trial. Public Health Nutrition 15(8): 1446-1455.
  • Gibson, E.L., Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Vögele, C., Summerbell, C.D., Nixon, C., Moore, H.J., Douthwaite, W., Manios, Y. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project. (2012). A narrative review of psychological and educational strategies applied to young children's eating behaviours aimed at reducing obesity risk. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 85-95.
  • Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Krombholz, H., Gibson, L., Vögele, C., Nixon, C., Douthwaite, W., Moore, H., Manios, Y., Summerbell, C. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project (2012). Critical narrative review to identify educational strategies promoting physical activity in preschool. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 96-105.
  • Borys, J-M, Le Bodo, Y, Jebb, SA, Seidell, JC, Summerbell, C, Richard, D, De Henauw, S, Moreno, LA, Romon, M, Visscher, TLS, Raffin, S, Swinburn, B & and the EEN Study Group (2012). EPODE approach for childhood obesity prevention methods, progress and international development. Obesity reviews 13(4): 299-315.
  • Summerbell, CD, Moore, HJ, Vögele, C, Kreichauf, S, Wildgruber, A, Manios, Y, Douthwaite, W Nixon, CA, Gibson, EL & ToyBox-study group (2012). Evidence-based recommendations for the development of obesity prevention programs targeted at preschool children. Obesity Reviews 13(Suppl 1): 129-132.
  • Heslehurst, N Sattar, N, Rajasingam, D, Wilkinson, J Summerbell, CD & Rankin J (2012). Existing maternal obesity guidelines may increase inequalities between ethnic groups: a national epidemiological study of 502,474 births in England. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 12(12): 156.
  • Nixon, C.A., Moore, H.J., Douthwaite, W., Gibson, E.L., Vogele, C., Kreichauf, S., Wildgruber, A., Manios, Y., Summerbell, C.D. & on behalf of the ToyBox-study group. (2012). Identifying behavioural models underpinning school-based obesity prevention interventions: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews 13(S1): 106-117.
  • Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Gibson, E.L., Vögele, C., Wildgruber, A., Krombholz, H., Kreichauf, S., Douthwaite, W., Nixon, C.A. & on behalf of the ToyBox Project. (2012). Practical evidence-based recommendations relating to educational strategies, psychological approaches, and behavioural models, to consider when developing interventions for the prevention of obesity in young (aged 4-6) children. Obesity Reviews 13(s1): 129-132.
  • Lee Hooper; Abdelhamid, A Moore, HJ , Douthwaite, W, Elmadfa, I, Skeaff, CM & Summerbell, CD (2012). Reducing total fat intake reduces weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of RCTs and cohort studies. BMJ 345.
  • Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst children. Systematic Reviews 1: 16.
  • Hillier, F., Batterham, A., Crooks, S., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2012). The development and evaluation of a novel internet-based computer program to assess previous-day dietary and physical activity behaviours in adults: The Synchronised Nutrition and Activity Program for Adults (SNAPATM). British Journal of Nutrition 107(8): 1221-1231.
  • Olds, T., Maher, C., Zumin, S., Péneau, S., Lioret, S., Castetbon, K., Bellisle, F., Summerbell, C., de Wilde, J., Hohepa, M., Maddison, R., Lissner, L., Sjöberg, A., Zimmermann, M., Aeberli, I., Ogden, C. & Flegal, K. (2011). Evidence that the prevalence of childhood overweight is plateauing: data from nine countries. International Journal of Paediatric Obesity 6(5-6): 342-360.
  • Hillier, F.C., Pedley, C. & Summerbell, C.D. (2011). Evidence-base for primary prevention of obesity in children and adolescents = Evidenzbasierung von Primärprävention der Adipositas bei Kindern und Jugendlichen. Bundesgesundheitsblatt 54(3): 259-264.
  • Heslehurst N., Moore H., Rankin J., Ells LJ, Wilkinson J.R. & Summerbell C.D. (2011). How can maternity services be developed to effectively address maternal obesity? A qualitative study. Midwifery 27: e170-177.
  • Waters, E, de Silva-Sanigorski, A, Hall, BJ, Brown, T, Campbell, KJ, Gao, Y, Armstrong, R, Prosser, L & Summerbell, CD (2011). Interventions for preventing obesity in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (12): CD001871
  • Tiffin, P. A., Arnott, B., Moore, H. J. & Summerbell, C. D. (2011). Modelling the relationship between obesity and mental health in children and adolescents: findings from the Health Survey for England 2007. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 5: 31.
  • Hooper, L., Summerbell, C.D., Thompson, R., Sills, D., Roberts, F.G., Moore, H. & Davey Smith, G. (2011). Reduced or modified dietary fat for preventing cardiovascular disease (major update-CD002137). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 7. Art. No.: CD002137..
  • Heslehurst, N., Rankin, J., Wilkinson, J.R. & Summerbell, C.D. (2010). A Nationally Representative Study of Maternal Obesity in England, UK: Trends in Incidence and Demographic Inequalities in 619323 Births, 1989-2007. International Journal of Obesity 34(3): 420-428.
  • Flodgren, G., Deane, K., Dickinson, H.O., Kirk, S., Alberti, H., Beyer, F.R., Brown, J.G., Penney, T.L., Summerbell, C.D. & Eccles, M.P. (2010). Interventions to change the behaviour of health professionals and the organisation of care to promote weight reduction in overweight and obese people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3): 1-106.
  • Rankin, J., Tennant, P., Stothard, K., Bythell, M., Summerbell, C. & Bell, R. (2010). Maternal body mass index and congenital anomaly risk: a cohort study. International Journal of Obesity 34: 1371-1380.
  • Kelly, B., Halford, J.C.G., Boyland, E.J., Chapman, K., Bautista-Castaño, I., Berg, C., Caroli, M., Cook, B., Coutinho, J.G., Effertz, T., Grammatikaki, E., Keller, K., Leung, R., Manios, Y., Monteiro, R., Pedley, C., Prell, H., Raine, K., Recine, E., Serra-Majem, E., Singh, S. & Summerbell, C. (2010). Television food advertising to children: a global perspective. American Journal of Public Health 100(9): 1730-1736.
  • Shucksmith, J.S, Jones, S.E & Summerbell, C.D (2010). The Role of Parental Involvement in School-Based Mental Health Interventions at Primary (Elementary) School Level. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion 3(1): 18-29.
  • McLure, S.A., Reilly, J.J., Crooks, S. & Summerbell, C.D. (2009). Development and Evaluation of a Novel Computer-Based Tool for Assessing Physical Activity Levels in Schoolchildren. Pediatric Exercise Science 21: 506-519.
  • Oude Luttikhuis, H., Baur, L., Jansen, J., Shrewsbury, VA., O'Malley, C., Stolk, RP. & Summerbell, CD. (2009). Interventions for Treating Obesity in Children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1): CD001872.
  • McLure, S.A., Summerbell, C.D. & Reilly, J.J. (2009). Objectively measured habitual physical activity in a highly obesogenic environment. Child: Care, Health & Development 35(3): 369-375.
  • Doak, C, Heitmann, B, Summerbell, C & Lissner, L (2009). Prevention of childhood obesity: what type of evidence should we consider relevant ? Obesity Reviews 10(3): 350-356.
  • Brown, T., Avenell, A., Edmunds, L.D., Moore, H., Whittaker, V., Avery, L., Summerbell, C. & for the PROGRESS team. (2009). Systematic review of long-term lifestyle interventions to prevent weight gain and morbidity in adults. Obesity Reviews 10(6): 627–638.
  • Brown, T & Summerbell, C.D. (2009). Systematic review of school-based interventions that focus on changing dietary intake and physical activity levels to prevent childhood obesity: an update to the obesity guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Obesity Reviews 10(1): 110-141.
  • Summerbell, C.D., Douthwaite, W., Whittaker, V., Ells, L.J., Hillier, F., Smith, S., Kelly, S., Edmunds, L.D. & Macdonald, I. (2009). The association between diet and physical activity and subsequent excess weight gain and obesity assessed at 5 years of age or older: a systematic review of the epidemiological evidence. International Journal of Obesity 33(Suppl. 3): S1-S92.
  • Ells, LJ, Hillier, FC, Shucksmith, J, Crawley, H, Harbige, L, Shield, J, Wiggins, A & Summerbell, CD (2008). A systematic review of the effect of dietary exposure that could be achieved through normal dietary intake on learning and performance of school-aged children of relevance to UK schools. British Journal Of Nutrition 100(5): 927-936.
  • Nield, L., Summerbell, C.D., Hooper, L., Whittaker, V. & Moore, H. (2008). Dietary advice for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3): CD005102.
  • Ells, LJ, Shield, JPH, Lidstone, JSM, Tregonning, D, Whittaker, V, Batterham, A, Wilkinson, JR & Summerbell, CD (2008). Teesside Schools Health Study: Body mass index surveillance in special needs and mainstream school children. Public Health 122(3): 251-254.
  • Moore, HJ, Ells, LJ, McLure, SA, Crooks, S, Cumbor, D, Summerbell, CD & Batterham, AM (2008). The development and evaluation of a novel computer program to assess previous-day dietary and physical activity behaviours in school children: The Synchronised Nutrition and Activity Program (TM) (SNAP (TM). British Journal Of Nutrition 99(6): 1266-1274.
  • Heslehurst, N, Simpson, H, Ells, LJ, Rankin, J, Wilkinson, J, Lang, R, Brown, TJ & Summerbell, CD (2008). The impact of maternal BMI status on pregnancy outcomes with immediate short-term obstetric resource implications: a meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews 9(6): 635-683.
  • Thorogood, M., Simera, I., Dowler, E., Summerbell, C. & Brunner, E. (2007). A systematic review of population and community dietary interventions to prevent cancer. Nutrition Research Reviews 20(1): 74-88.
  • Summerbell, C. (2007). Commentary on Taylor F. C., Irons L. J., Finn P. & Summerbell C. D. (2003) Controlled clinical trial of two weight reducing diets in a NHS hospital dietetic outpatient clinic – a pilot study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics; 16, 85–87. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 20(3): 273-274.
  • Nield, L., Moore, H., Hooper, L., Cruickshank, JK., Vyas, A., Whittaker, V. & Summerbell, CD. (2007). Dietary Advice for Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3): CD004097.
  • Mann, J, Cummings, J.H., Englyst, H.N., Key, T., Liu, S., Riccardi, G., Summerbell, C., Uauy, R., van Dam, R.M., Venn, B., Vorster, H.H. & Wiseman, M. (2007). FAO/WHO scientific update on carbohydrates in human nutrition: conclusions. European Journal of Nutrition 61(Suppl 1): S132-137.
  • Maier, B., Bau, A.M., James, J., Görgen, R., Graf, C., Hanewinkel, R., Martus, P., Maschewsky-Schneider, U., Müller, M.J., Plachta-Danielzik, S., Schlaud, M., Summerbell, C. & Thomas, R. (2007). Methods for evaluation of health promotion programmes. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforsch, Gesundheitsschutz 50(7): 980-986.
  • Heslehurst, N., Lang, R., Rankin, J., Wilkinson, J.R. & Summerbell, C.D. (2007). Obesity in pregnancy: a study of the impact of maternal obesity on NHS maternity services. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology 114(3): 334-342.
  • Brown, T & Summerbell, C (2007). Preventing obesity in children – All settings. BMJ Health Intelligence
  • Brown, T., Kelly, S. & Summerbell, C. (2007). Prevention of obesity: a review of interventions. Obesity Reviews 8(Suppl 1): 127-130.
  • Wilkinson, J.R., Walrond, S., Ells, L.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2007). Surveillance and monitoring. Obesity Reviews 8(Suppl 1): 23-29.
  • Summerbell, C.D. (2007). The identification of effective programs to prevent and treat overweight preschool children (commentary). Obesity 15(6): 1341-1342.
  • Waters, E., Priest, N., Armstrong, R., Oliver, S., Baker, P., McQueen, D., Summerbell, C., Kelly, M.P. & Swinburn, B. (2007). The role of a prospective public health intervention study register in building public health evidence: proposal for content and use. Journal of Public Health 29(3): 322-327.
  • Heslehurst, N, Ells, LJ, Simpson, H, Batterham, A, Wilkinson, J & Summerbell, CD (2007). Trends in maternal obesity incidence rates, demographic predictors, and health inequalities in 36 821 women over a 15-year period. Bjog-an International Journal Of Obstetrics And Gynaecology 114(2): 187-194.
  • Kelly, S.A.M., Summerbell, C.D., Brynes, A., Whittaker, V. & Frost, G. (2007). Wholegrain cereals for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2: CD005051.
  • Lidstone, JSM, Ells, LJ, Finn, P, Whittaker, VJ, Wilkinson, JR & Summerbell, CD (2006). Independent associations between weight status and disability in adults: Results from the health survey for England. Public Health 120(5): 412-417.
  • Summerbell, C.D. (2006). More systematic reviews on nutrition and dietetics needed. Human Nutrition and Dietetics 19(2): 89-90.
  • Ells, LJ, Lang, R, Shield, JPH, Wilkinson, JR, Lidstone, JSM, Coulton, S & Summerbell, CD (2006). Obesity and disability - a short review. Obesity Reviews 7(4): 341-345.
  • Hooper, L., Thompson, R.L., Harrison, R.A., Summerbell, C.D., Ness, A.R., Moore, H.J., Worthington, H.V., Durrington, P.N., Higgins, J.P.T., Capps, N.E., Riemersma, R.A., Ebrahim, S.B.J. & Smith, G.D. (2006). Risks and benefits of omega 3 fats for mortality, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review. British Medical Journal 332(7544): 752-760.
  • Kelly,S.A.M., Summerbell, C., Rugg-Gunn, A.J., Adamson, A., Fletcher, E. & Moynihan, P.J. (2005). Comparison of methods to estimate non-milk extrinsic sugars and their application to sugars in the diet of young adolescents. British Journal of Nutrition 94(1): 114-124.
  • Summerbell, C., Waters, E., Edmunds, L.D., Kelly, S.A.M., Brown, T. & Campbell, K.J. (2005). Interventions for preventing obesity in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 3: CD001871.
  • Ells, LJ, Campbell, K, Lidstone, J, Kelly, S, Lang, R & Summerbell, C (2005). Prevention of childhood obesity. Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 19(3): 441-454.
  • Summerbell, C.D., Chinnock, P., O'Malley, C. & van Binsbergen, J.J. (2005). The Cochrane Library: more systematic reviews on nutrition needed. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 59(Supplement 1): S172-178.
  • Wilkinson, J, Summerbell, C, Macknight, N, Bailey, K & Chappel, D (2005). Use of surgery to aid weight reduction—experience of two regions of Northern England: a database study. International Journal of Obesity 29(2): 204-207.
  • French, R., Van Vliet, H., Cowan, F., Mansour, D., Morris, S., Hughes, D., Robinson, A., Proctor, T., Summerbell, C.D., Logan, S., Helmerhorst, F. & Guillebaud, J. (2004). Hormonally impregnated IUSs versus other forms of reversible contraceptives as effective methods of preventing pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 3: CD001776.
  • Kelly, S., Frost, G., Whittaker, V. & Summerbell, C. (2004). Low glycaemic index diets for coronary heart disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 4: CD004467.
  • Hooper, L., Harrison, R.A., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H., Worthington, H.V., Ness, A.R., Capps, N.E., Davey Smith, G., Riemersma, R.A. & Ebrahim, S.B.J. (2004). Omega-3 fatty acids for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 4: CD003177.
  • Taylor, F.C., Irons, L.J., Finn, P, & Summerbell, C.D. (2003). Controlled clinical trial of two weight-reducing diets in a NHS hospital dietetic outpatient clinic - a pilot study. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 16(2): 85-87.
  • Thompson, R.L., Summerbell, C.D., Hooper, L., Higgins, L.P.T., Little, P.S., Talbot, D. & Ebrahim, S. (2003). Dietary advice given by a dietitian versus other health professional or self-help methods to reduce blood cholesterol. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 3: CD001366.
  • Grace, C., Beales, P., Summerbell, C., Jebb, S.A., Wright, A., Parker, D. & Kopelman, P. (2003). Energy metabolism in Bardet-Biedl syndrome. International Journal of Obesity 27(11): 1319-1324.
  • Moore, H., Summerbell, C.D., Greenwood, D.C., Tovey, P., Griffiths, J., Henderson, M., Hesketh, K., Woolgar, S. & Adamson, A.J. (2003). Improving management of obesity in primary care: cluster randomised trial. British Medical Journal 327(7423): 1085.
  • Thompson, R.L., Summerbell, C.D., Hooper, L., Higgins, J.P.T., Little, P.S., Talbot, D. & Ebrahim, S. (2003). Relative efficacy of differential methods of dietary advice: a systematic review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 77(4): 1052S-1057S.
  • Kelly, S.A.M., Moynihan, P.J., Rugg-Gunn, A.J. & Summerbell, C.D. (2003). Review of methods used to estimate non-milk extrinsic sugars. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 16(1): 27-28.
  • Simpson, D., Wattis, L., Crow, R. & Summerbell, C.D. (2003). School breakfast clubs, social background and nutritional status. Topic 29: 1-3.
  • Moore, H. & Summerbell, C. (2003). Searching the evidence: the clinically-effective nutritionist. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 62(4): 773-776.
  • Pirozzo, S., Summerbell, C., Cameron, C. & Glasziou, P. (2003). Should we recommend low-fat diets for obesity ? Obesity Reviews 4(2): 83-90.
  • Wilson, P. on behalf of the Effective Health Care review team, O'Meara, S., Summerbell, C. & Kelly, S. (2003). The prevention and treatment of childhood obesity. Quality & Safety in Health Care 12(1): 65-74.
  • Harvey, E.L., Glenny, A.M., Kirk, S.F.L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2002). An updated systematic review of interventions to improve health professionals' management of obesity. Obesity Reviews 3(1): 45-55.
  • Harvey, E.L., Summerbell, C.D., Kirk, S.F.L. & Hill, A.J. (2002). Dietitians' views of overweight and obese people and reported management practices. Journal of Human Nutrition & Dietetics 15(5): 331-347.
  • Reilly, J.J., Wilson, M.L., Summerbell, C.D. & Wilson, D.C. (2002). Obesity: diagnosis, prevention and treatment; evidence-based answers to common questions. Archives of Disease in Childhood 86(6): 392-394.
  • Law, G.U., Kelly, T.P., Huey, D. & Summerbell, C. (2002). Self-management and well-being in adolescents with diabetes mellitus: do illness representations play a regulatory role ? Journal of Adolescent Health 31(4): 381-385.
  • Hooper, L., Summerbell,C.D., Higgins, J.P., Thompson, R.L., Capps, N.E., Smith, G.D., Riemersma, R.A. & Ebrahim, S. (2001). Dietary fat intake and prevention of cardiovascular disease: systematic review. British Medical Journal 322(7289): 757-763.
  • Mulrow, C.D., Chiquette, E., Angel, L., Cornell, J., Summerbell, C., Anagnostelis, B., Grimm, R. & Brand, M.B. (2001). Dieting to reduce body weight for controlling hypertension in adults. Nursing Times 97(20): 42.
  • Harvey, L., Glenny, A-M., Kirk, S.F.L. & Summerbell, C.D. (2001). Improving health professionals' management and the organisation of care for overweight and obese people. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2: CD000984.
  • Campbell, K., Waters, E., O'Meara, S. & Summerbell, C. (2001). Interventions for preventing obesity in childhood. A systematic review. Obesity Reviews 2(3): 149-157.
  • Brunner, E., Rayner, M., Thorogood, M., Margetts, B., Hooper, L., Summerbell, C., Dowler, E., Hewitt, G., Robertson, A. & Wiseman, M. (2001). Making Public Health Nutrition relevant to evidence-based action. Public Health Nutrition 4(6): 1297-1299.
  • Moore, H., Summerbell, C., Vail, A., Greenwood, D.C. & Adamson, A.J. (2001). The design features and practicalities of conducting a pragmatic cluster randomized trial of obesity management in primary care. Statistics in Medicine 20(3): 331-340.

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