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Ultra-processed foods consumption and obesity in UK biobank cohort

Grant number: 18/19820-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): February 11, 2019
Effective date (End): August 10, 2019
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nutrition
Principal Investigator:Renata Bertazzi Levy
Grantee:Fernanda Rauber
Supervisor abroad: Christopher Millett
Home Institution: Faculdade de Saúde Pública (FSP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Imperial College London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:16/14302-7 - Consumption of ultra-processed foods and indicators of diet quality in Australia, BP.PD


This proposal consists of a research internship at the Imperial College under the supervision of Professor Christopher Millett at the Imperial College London from the Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health. The objective of the research project is to evaluate the association of ultra-processed food consumption with the incidence of overweight and obesity in a UK cohort. The study comprises the analyses of data of individuals aged 40-69 years old from the UK Biobank, which is a prospective cohort. The survey included the collection of demographic and socioeconomic data, the directly measure of weight, height and waist circumference, and the evaluation of individual food intake. We will estimate the percentage of ultra-processed foods consumed relative to total energy intake. Separate Cox proportional hazards model will be used to estimate hazard ratios and associated 95% confidence intervals for each outcome. Potential covariates to be tested include individual's socio-demographic characteristics and physical activity. The internship at the Imperial College London will be relevant for the improvement of my postdoctoral project since their researchers have great tradition and experience in longitudinal analyses. The work plan goes from February to August 2019 and aims at training in longitudinal analyses, scientific writing, the participation in scientific events like seminars and the development of a manuscript for publication on a peer-reviewed journal.