Teenagers burn up to 500 less calories per day in puberty according to a new report co-authored by Dr Brad Metcalf.

Research news for September 2016

Welcome to a round up of the research news from September 2016 for Sport and Health Sciences.

Teenage weight gain down to dramatic drop in calories they burn

Dr Brad Metcalf was a co-author on an article based on data collected from the EarlyBird study and found that the resting energy expenditure of children fell during the pubertal years and that this might contribute to the excess weight gained over this period.  They found that 15-year-olds use 400 to 500 fewer calories while at rest per day compared to when they were 10-years-old – a fall of around a quarter. But by the age of 16, their calorie expenditure begins to climb once again.

The article gained a lot of media coverage, including BBC Breakfast and the Today Programme. It was one of the top read stories of the day on BBC online health news pages and was covered by over 250 other online news sites (according to UoE Press & Media). Read the full article.

International Partnerships

A group from Sport and Health Sciences (Dr Richard Winsley, Dr Richard Pulsford, Dr Mark Wilson and Dr Jo Bowtell) recently had a successful visit to the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Queensland, to explore the development of a education and research collaborations and partnerships including UG exchange as part of the study abroad programme, PhD and staff exchange. Updates to follow.

Dr Mark Wilson also visited Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, multi-tasking as always, to continue his successful collaborations with these institutions.

Date: 10 October 2016

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