Dr Amelia Lake
Dr Amelia A Lake is a dietitian and public health nutritionist. Amelia works as an Assistant Professor in Knowledge Exchange in Public Health at Durham University and is a member of fuse - The Centre for Translational Research. Her current work is to explore the Obesogenic Environment. Amelia has a particular interest in the food environment, the environments of young people, the workplace environment and knowledge exchange. Her research involves transdisciplinary collaborations to examine how the environment interacts with individual behaviours.
Amelia received her first degree from Glasgow Caledonian University and worked in the Health Service before taking up a research post with Newcastle University, where she completed a PhD and held a prestigious NIHR Post-doctoral Fellowship on the topic of Obesogenic Environments. One of the outcomes from this fellowship was the publication of a collected volume on Obesogenic Environments. Amelia previously worked as Senior Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at Northumbria University, where in June 2010 she was awarded the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) Young Achiever Award for her Obesity research.
Amelia represents the British Dietetic Association on the Public Health Responsibility Deal's Food Network High Level Steering Committee (since 2014). Amelia is a member of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Scientific Advisory Panel (Sept 2010), and since March 2010 has worked with the BNF on their European Food Framework Topic Advisory Group on diet. Amelia is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Task Group on 'Takeaways & Obesity' (Sept 2010) and was a member of the Food Standards Agency Register of Specialists for Social Science (April 2009). Recently Amelia has been an ASO Trustee (2006-2010), a member of Nutrition Society Council (2007-2010) and also a Research Committee member for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) (2000 - 2005). Amelia is a co-founder of the North East Obesogenic Environment Network (NEOeN) www.neoen.org.uk and until recently was the chair of the North East Obesity Forum (ASO regional group). Amelia was also a Beacon for Public Engagement Fellow as well as being a regular contributor to her profession's publications. Amelia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has extensive experience of working with non-specialist audiences as well as academics, has produced various training programmes and related material.
Amelia enjoys spending time with her young children, travel, food, cooking, Pilates, cycling and fundraising for The David Ashwell Foundation.
Obesogenic Environments, Food Environments/ Foodscapes, Measuring the Food Environment, Nutrition, Food Choice, Food and Health in the Workplace, Complex Systems, Dietary Change, Behaviour Change, Knowledge Exchange, Intervention Design and Evaluation.
The Children's Foundation 'Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people in County Durham: an exploratory study to inform future policy and practice' 2014 Co Investigator with S. Visram (PI), D. Riby (Durham University) and M. Cheetham (Teesside University)
- PHE 'Work & Health & Wellbeing: An academic scoping exercise' 2014
- NIHR SPHR 'Transforming the ‘foodscape’: development and feasibility testing of interventions to promote healthier take-away, pub or restaurant food' Co-investigator with Adamson, AJ (PI) (Fuse Newcastle), Abraham, C (Exeter Medical School), Adams, J (Fuse Newcastle), Araujo-Soares, V (Fuse Newcastle), Lake, A (Fuse Durham), Moore, H (Fuse Durham), Summerbell, C (Fuse Durham), White, M (Fuse Newcastle). £446,646 2013 - 2016
- Wolfson Blue Skies Award 'Obesity, community nutrition and increasing physical activity: a change in responsibility' 2012
- Northumberland County Council 'Exploring uptake of free school meals' 2010
- NIHR Public Health Research Programme 'Evaluation of the ‘Change4Life’ convenience store programme to promote sales and consumption of fruit and vegetables' £1,407,206. Co-investigator, with M White, AJ Adamson, J Adams, G Cairns, S Cummins, C Donaldson, A Findlay, S Macintyre, M Petticrew, V Ryan, L Sparks & M Stead. N.B. This grant was withdrawn after award due to changes in circumstances making the project unfeasible
- NHS North of Tyne Workplace intervention evaluation 2010 - 2011
- FSA PhD Studentship 09/2009 - 09/2011
- ESRC CASE 1+3 PhD Studentship 09/2009 - 09/2012
- Royal Society Conference Grant 06/2009
- Newcastle-Durham Beacon for Public Engagement Fellowship 01/2009-12/2009
- National Institute for Health Research Post-doctoral Award 01/2006-12/2008
- Rank Fund Vacation Studentship for Summer 2008 06/2008-09/2008
- Royal Society Conference Grant 07/2007
- ESRC Seminar Series 07- 09 Time-Space and Life-Course 12/2007- 12/2009.
Studentships and current PhD Students
I am happy to supervise postgraduate research with a focus on obesogenic environments, obesity, food choice, food environments, the workplace and the development and evaluation of interventions to improve dietary behaviours.
- 2015 -2019 Natassia Robinson BBSRC PhD Studentship through internal competition (Newcastle/Durham/Liverpool University DoctoralPartnership Training Scheme) DNA methylation as a mediating mechanism linking early-life events and subsequent obesity: finding intermediate biomarkers of obesogenic environments PI Jill McKay & Heather Brown Co-I’s Mark Pearce and Amelia Lake. Funding covers 4 years stipend, student fees and consumables (£5000/annum).
- 2014 - 2017 Sarah Smith fuse PhD Studentship (co-supervised with Prof Summerbell, Dr Hiller-Brown and Dr Vera Araujo-Soares) The workplace foodscape: developing interventions which target dietary behaviours to tackle the obesogenic environment
- 2009 - 2012 Rachel Gallo Gonzalez 1+3 ESRC CASE Studentship (co-supervised with Tim Townshend & Dr L Ells) in collaboration with NEPHO Exploring the relationship between prevalence off overweight and obesity in 10-11 year olds and the outdoor physical environment, North East England.
- 2010 - 2012 Rachel Tyrrell Food Standards Agency PhD Studentship (co-supervised with Prof Adamson, Dr Hodgson (Newcastle University) & Dr Wills (University of Hertfordshire). Exploring adolescent food choice using a food environment exposure perspective.
- 2007 - 2011 Thomas Burgoine 1+3 ESRC Quota award student (co-supervised with Dr S Alvanides (Geography, Northumbria University) Predisposed to Obesity? A Study into Environmental Equity and the possible Obesogenic Environment of North East England.
- Association for the Study of Obesity Younger Achiever Award 2010
- National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Post-doctoral Fellowship 2006-2008
- Invited to Rank Fund Symposium on Adiposity & awarded presentation prize Sept 2007
- Royal Society Conference Grant for ISBNPA Oslo June 2007 & ICDAM Washington June 2009
- Nutrition Society Travel Award for 10th International Congress on Obesity Sydney 2006
- Runner-up BA Charles Darwin Award Lecture February 2005
- Winner Poster Prize Clinical Medical Sciences Research Day January 2005
- Runner-up BNF Young Scientist Award December 2003
- Selected to attend the European Nutrition Leadership Programme March 2003
- Winner of Van den Bergh Foods Travel Fellowship 2000 May 2000
- Winner of BDA Elizabeth Washington Award 1998 December 1998
Membership of Professional Bodies
- Member of the British Dietetic Association and registered with the Health Professions Council (registration number DT.7605).
- Member of the Nutrition Society, Association for Nutrition and Registered Public Health Nutritionist.
- Member of the British Sociological Association's Food Study Group
- Member of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition & Physical Activity.
- Member of the Association for the Study of Obesity.
Selected Invited Conference Presentations
- September 2014 The Physiological Society Conference Obesogenic Environments: The Food Environment
- July 2014 Local Government Association Interventions in out-of-home food outlets in England
- May 2014 CEDAR Cambridge University Measuring Food Environments
- June 2010 ASO Conference Young Achiever Award: Measuring Food Environments
- March 2010 North East Food Partners Event Measuring the Food Environment
- August 2009 CASE Europe Conference Research and the media: A perfect match?
- July 2009 Firefit conference Durham Healthy Eating at Work
- May 2009 North East Physical Activity Forum Gateshead Obesogenic Environments
- April 2009 Chartered Institute of Environmental Health - Royal Town Planning Institute Joint Conference London
- October 2008 National Obesity Forum London Food & the obesogenic environment of young adults
- September 2008 British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) London Keynote Lecture
- June 2008 ASO Obesity & the Built Environment London Measuring the Food Environment
- April 2008 4th National Conference on Obesity and Health Birmingham Exploring the Obesogenic Environment
Member of the Responsibility Deal Food Network High Level Steering Committee representing the British Dietetic Association (since July 2014)
Guest Editor for a Special edition of 'Perspectives in Public Health' on Obesity (July 2011)
Associate Editor for BMC Public Health
Associate Editor for the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health
British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) Scientific Advisory Panel (Sept 2010 - present)
Expert on the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Task Group on 'Takeaways & Obesity' (Sept 2010)
European Food Framework Topic Advisory Group on diet co-ordinated by the British Nutrition
Foundation (March 2010 - present)
Member of the Food Standards Agency Register of Specialists for Social Science (April 2009)
Nominated and elected to The Nutrition Society Council (July 2007- July 2010)
Elected committee member for the Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) (Oct 2006- present)
Co-organiser of the North East Obesity Forum Meetings (ASO regional Group) (2007 - 2012)
Founding member of NEOeN (North East Obesogenic Environment Network) http://www.neoen.org.uk/
Editor for a collected volume on Obesogenic Environments (Blackwell Wiley) published in 2010
- (Accepted). Public Health Nutrition (The Nutrition Society Textbook).
Chapter in book
- Lake, A. A., Townshend, T. G. & Bourgoine, T. (2017). Obesogenic Neighbourhood Food Environments. In Public Health Nutrition. Buttriss, J.L., Welch, A.A., Kearney, J.M. & Lanham-New, S.A. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell. 327-338.
- Townshend, T.G., Gallo, R. G. & Lake A.A. (2015). Obesogenic Built Environment: Concepts and Complexities. In The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a sustainable and healthy future. Barton, H. Thompson, S. Burgess, S & Grant, M Abingdon: Routledge. 199-210.
- Lake, A. A. & Midgley, J.L. (2010). Food policy and food governance - changing behaviours. In Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, A. A., Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. Wiley Blackwell.
- Alvanides, S., Townshend, T & Lake, A. A. (2010). Obesogenic environments: challenges and opportunities. In Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, A. A., Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. Wiley Blackwell.
- Townshend, T.G., Ells, L., Alvanides, S. & Lake, A. A. (2010). Towards transdisciplinary approaches to tackle obesity. In Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Lake, Amelia A., Townshend, Tim & Alvanides, S Wiley Blackwell.
- Townshend, T. & Lake, A.A. (2008). Sustainable and Healthy Urban Form: linking well being, obesity and the built environment. In Ecopolis: Conceptualising and Defining Sustainable Design. Babalis, D
- Lake, A.A., Townshend, T & Alvanides, S. (2010). Obesogenic Environments: complexities, perceptions and objective measures. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Wrieden, W.L., Adams, J., Abraham, C., Adamson, A., Araújo-Soares, V., White, M. & Lake, A.A. (2017). A description of interventions promoting healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets in England: a systematic mapping and evidence synthesis. BMC Public Health 17: 93.
- Tyrrell, R., Greenhalgh, F., Hodgson, S., Wills, W., Mathers, J., Adamson, A. & Lake, A. (2017). Food environments of young people: linking individual behaviour to environmental context. Journal of Public Health 39(1): 95-104.
- Townshend T. & Lake A.A. (2017). Obesogenic environments: current evidence of the built and food environments. Perspectives in Public Health 137(1): 38-44.
- Hillier-Brown, F.C., Summerbell, C.D., Moore, H.J., Routen, A., Lake, A.A., Adams, J., White, M., Araujo-Soares, V., Abraham, C. Adamson, A.J. & Brown, T.J. (2017). The impact of interventions to promote healthier ready-to-eat meals (to eat in, to take away, or to be delivered) sold by specific food outlets open to the general public: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews 18(2): 227-246.
- Tyrrell, R.L., Townshend, T.G., Adamson, A.J. & Lake, A.A. (2016). ‘I'm not trusted in the kitchen’ food environments and food behaviours of young people attending school and college. Journal of Public Health 38(2): 289-299.
- 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.
- Visram, S., Cheetham, M., Riby, D.M., Crossley, S.J. & Lake, A.A. (2016). Consumption of energy drinks by children and young people: a rapid review examining evidence of physical effects and consumer attitudes. BMJ Open 6(10): e010380.
- Lake, A., Warren, J., Copeland, A., Rushmer, R. & Bambra, C. (2016). Developing virtual public health networks: aspiration and reality. Journal of Public Health 38(4): e446-e454.
- Lake, A, Smith, S, Bryant, C, Alinia, S, Brandt, K, Seal, C & Tetens, I (2016). Exploring the dynamics of a free fruit at work intervention. BMC Public Health 16: 839.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gallo, Rachel G, Townshend, Tim G & Lake, Amelia A (2014). Exploring urban parks and their peripheral food environments using a case study approach: Young people and obesogenic environments. URBAN DESIGN International 20: 28-43.
- 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.
- Gallo, Rachel G., Barrett, Lisa & Lake, Amelia A. (2014). The food environment within the primary school fringe. British Food Journal 116(8): 1259-1275.
- Burgoine, T, Alvanides,S & Lake, AA (2013). Creating ‘obesogenic realities’; do our methodological choices make a difference when measuring the food environment?. International Journal of Health Geographics 12(1): 33.
- Lake AA & Townshend TG. (2013). Exploring the built environment, physical activity and related behaviours of young people attending school, college and those not in employment. Journal of Public Health 35(1): 57-66.
- Lake, Amelia, Burgoine, Thomas, Stamp, Elaine & Grieve, Rachael (2012). The foodscape: classification and field validation of secondary data sources across urban/rural and socio-economic classifications in England. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 9: 37.
- Burgoine, Thomas, Alvanides, Seraphim & Lake, Amelia A. (2011). Assessing the obesogenic environment of North East England. Health and Place 17(3): 738-747.
- Briggs, L & Lake, AA (2011). Exploring school and home food environments: perceptions of 8–10-year-olds and their parents in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Public Health Nutrition 14(12): 2227-2235.
- Lake, AA (2011). Guest editorial. Perspectives in Public Health 131(4): 154.
- Townshend, TG & Lake, AA (2011). Relationships between ‘Wellness Centre’ Use, the Surrounding Built Environment and Obesogenic Behaviours, Sunderland, UK. Journal of Urban Design 16(03): 351-367.
- Craigie, Angela M., Lake, Amelia A., Kelly, Sarah A., Adamson, Ashley J. & Mathers, John C. (2011). Tracking of obesity-related behaviours from childhood to adulthood: a systematic review. Maturitas 70(3): 266-284.
- Speed, C., Heaven, B., Adamson, A., Bond, J., Corbett, S, Lake, A.A., May, C., Vanoli, A., McMeekin, P., Moynihan, P., Rubin, G., Steen, I. N. & McColl, E. (2010). LIFELAX - diet and LIFEstyle versus LAXatives in the management of chronic constipation in older people: randomised controlled trial. Health Technology Assessment 14(52): 1-251.
- Lake, A. A., Burgoine, T., Greenhalgh, F., Stamp, E. & Tyrrell, R. (2010). The Foodscape: classification and field validation of secondary data sources. Health & Place 16(4): 666-673.
- Burgoine, Thomas, Lake, Amelia A., Stamp, Elaine, Alvanides, Seraphim, Mathers, John C. & Adamson, Ashley J. (2009). Changing foodscapes 1980-2000, using the ASH30 Study. Appetite 53(2): 157-165.
- Lake, A.A., Hyland, R., Rugg-Gunn, A.J., Mathers, J.C. & Adamson, A.J. (2009). Combining social and nutritional perspectives: from adolescence to adulthood (the ASH30 study). British Food Journal 111(11): 1200-1211.
- Lake, A.A., Alvanides, S., Adamson, A.J. Townshend, T. & Stamp, E. (2009). Diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and perceptions of the environment in young adults. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 22(5): 444-54.
- Townshend, T.G. & Lake, A.A. (2009). Obesogenic urban form: Theory, policy and practice. Health & Place 15(4): 909-916.
- Craigie, A. M. Matthews, J. N. S. Rugg-Gunn, A.J. Lake, A.A., Mathers, J.C. & Adamson, A. J. (2009). Raised adolescent body mass index predicts the development of adiposity and a central distribution of body fat in adulthood: a longitudinal study. Obesity Facts 2(3): 150-156.
- Lake, A.A., Adamson, A. J., Craigie, A. M., Rugg-Gunn, A.J. & Mathers, J.C. (2009). Tracking of dietary intake and factors associated with dietary change from early adolescence to adulthood: The ASH30 Study. Obesity Facts 2(3): 157.
- Lake, A.A. & Townshend, T. (2008). Planning joins the obesity fightback. Planning: The Journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute 1779: 27.
- Lake, Amelia, Speed, Chris, Brookes, Anna, Heaven, Ben, Adamson, Ashley, Moynihan, Paula, Corbett, Sally & McColl, Elaine (2007). Development of a series of patient information leaflets for constipation using a range of cognitive interview techniques: LIFELAX. BMC Health Services Research 7: 3.
- Lake, Amelia A., Hyland, Robert M., Rugg-Gunn, Andrew J., Wood, Charlotte E., Mathers, John C. & Adamson, Ashley J. (2007). Healthy eating: Perceptions and practice (The ASH30 study). Appetite 48(2): 176.
- Townshend, T. & Lake, A.A. (2007). Warning Sloburbia! Does where you live affect your waistline and your health? Town and Country Planning 76(2): 62-63.
- Lake, A.A. (2006). Changing dietary behavior. Quintessence International 37(10): 788-791.
- Lake, A.A., Hyland, R.M., Rugg-Gunn, A.J., Wood, C.E., Mathers, J.C. & Adamson, A.J. (2006). Food shopping and preparation among the thirty-somethings: whose job is it? (The ASH30 study). British Food Journal 108(6): 475-486.
- Lake, A. A., Mathers, J. C., Rugg-Gunn, A. J. & Adamson, A. J. (2006). Longitudinal change in food habits between adolescence (11-12 years) and adulthood (32-33 years): the ASH30 Study. Journal of Public Health 28(1): 10.
- Lake, A.A. & Townshend, T.G. (2006). Obesogenic environments: exploring the built and food environments. The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health 126(6): 262-267.
- Townshend, T. & Lake, A. (2006). Sector targets obesity level. Planning: The Journal of the Royal Town Planning Institute 16.
- Lake,A. A., Adamson,A. J., Hyland,R. M. & Mathers,J. C. (2004). Dietary change and perceptions of change over time. Nutrition Bulletin 29(3): 199.
- Lake, Amelia A., Rugg-Gunn, Andrew J., Hyland, Rob M., Wood, Charlotte E., Mathers, John C. & Adamson, Ashley J. (2004). Longitudinal dietary change from adolescence to adulthood: perceptions, attributions and evidence. Appetite 42(3): 255.
Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing
- Physical Activity Special Interest Group
Department of Geography
- School for Public Health Research, £180,000