Posted on 21 October 2019
Professor Hilary Graham from the Department of Health Sciences and Professor Piran White from Environment and Geography have won an award for a paper on ‘Social determinants and lifestyles: integrating environmental and public health perspectives’. The award was presented at a ceremony in London on 17th October 2019.
The award was judged by the Editors of the journal and was chosen as the winner because the subject matter was deemed by the editors to be of particular relevance to the journal's readers as evidenced in the large number of downloads of the paper in 2018.
The paper highlights the common causes of chronic disease and environmental change - and the opportunities to address both together. It looks at how the lifestyle determinants of chronic disease (like the shift from active to inactive lives and the shift from plant-based to animal based diets) and the changes in the climate and natural world have common origins in the process of industrialization and the emergence of high-consumption lifestyles - a process that began in high income countries and is now a global phenomenon. In other words, the epidemiological transition and the planet's rapid shift into a new human-made geological epoch (the Anthropocene) are intimately linked.
To read the paper visit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0033350616302505?via%3Dihub.