Emily Brindal

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OBJECTIVE To identify key predictors of fast-food consumption from a range of demographic, attitudinal, personality and lifestyle variables. METHODS We analysed data from a nationwide survey (n = 20 527) conducted in Australia by Nielsen Media Research. Items assessing frequency of fast-food consumption at (1) eat in and (2) take away were regressed onto(More)
We developed and tested a mobile phone application (app) to support individuals embarking on a partial meal replacement programme (MRP). Overweight or obese women were randomly allocated to one of two study groups. The intervention group received an MRP Support app. The control group received a static app based on the information available with the MRP. A(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity remains a serious issue in many countries. Web-based programs offer good potential for delivery of weight loss programs. Yet, many Internet-delivered weight loss studies include support from medical or nutritional experts, and relatively little is known about purely web-based weight loss programs. OBJECTIVE To determine whether(More)
This review identifies studies describing interventions delivered across both the home and school/community setting, which target obesity and weight-related nutrition and physical activity behaviors in children. Fifteen studies, published between 1998 and 2010, were included and evaluated for effectiveness, study quality, nutrition/activity content,(More)
BACKGROUND The dramatic growth of Web 2.0 technologies and online social networks offers immense potential for the delivery of health behavior change campaigns. However, it is currently unclear how online social networks may best be harnessed to achieve health behavior change. OBJECTIVE The intent of the study was to systematically review the current(More)
The current article provides commentary on the Homeostatic Theory of Obesity and associated Circle of Discontent. A strength of this theory is that it points to the requirement for multiple avenues of societal change, largely through policy and regulation. The current authors suggest consideration of allostasis, coping style and habituation in addition to(More)
Previous research has shown that providing family engagement and social support play important roles in weight management success, helping to achieve long-term lifestyle changes. Traditionally, the support provided by online health communities is primarily targeted at individuals and does not involve their families. We are proposing SOFA (SOcial FAmilies),(More)
BACKGROUND Internet-based physical activity interventions have great potential in supporting patients in cardiac rehabilitation. Health behavior change theories and user input are identified as important contributors in the effectiveness of the interventions, but they are rarely combined in a systematic way in the design of the interventions. OBJECTIVE(More)
SUMMARY Fast food is often mentioned when investigating the obesity epidemic. While many health professionals generally perceive of fast foods as 'bad', a new perspective of manageable fast food consumption has been suggested. The macronutrient content of traditional fast food meals and healthier choices from six of the dominant fast food chains in(More)