SIG Scope

Young adults (including emerging to late young adulthood aged 16–35 years) are on a weight gain trajectory, which is placing them at increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Poor dietary behaviours, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyles are key factors contributing to this weight gain trajectory. Young adulthood is a transitional life stage including many significant life changes, such as leaving the family home, commencing university or entering the workforce. Therefore, there are many unique factors influencing the dietary behaviours, physical activity and sedentary behaviours of this target group, and our ability to intervene to improve them.

The young adult target group has received more research interest and investment in recent years but is a relatively new and growing area of research. It is also becoming evident conventional health initiatives are ineffective in this population. It is therefore an opportune time to establish a global, multidisciplinary community of researchers to help innovate and further advance this area of research. 

SIG Purpose

The Young Adult (aged 16-35 years) SIG will create a community of ISBNPA members with research expertise and interest relating to young adult’s behavioural nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The SIG will provide an opportunity for members to:

  • Discuss and disseminate new evidence relating to young adult’s behavioural nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
  • Identify and address significant research gaps relating to young adult’s behavioural nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
  • Foster global collaborations to address identified research gaps, and advance research relating to young adult’s behavioural nutrition, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

 

SIG Leadership Team

Chair 

Dr Melinda Hutchesson

University of Newcastle, Australia

Co-chair

Dr Eleanor Winpenny

University of Cambridge, UK. 

 

Secretary

Dr Stephanie Partridge

University of Sydney

Communication officer (Newsletters)

Vacant

 

Communication officer (Social media)

Dr Megan Whatnall

 

University of Newcastle, Australia

Events officer

Vacant

 

Award officer

Dr Lee Ashton

University of Newcastle, Australi