Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood

The aim of the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (CRE-EPOCH) is to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life, and their future impact. It is a unique collaboration involving QUT, Deakin University, the University of South Australia, University of Otago and the University of Sydney.  Research work is organised as four inter-related research streams:

  1. Analysing interventions to prevent obesity in early childhood;
  2. Advancing assessment of obesity-related behaviours;
  3. Economic evaluation of early childhood obesity prevention, and
  4. Translation of evidence into policy and practice

Professor Stewart Trost leads the QUT node of stream 2. Advancing assessment of obesity-related behaviours, while Dr Rebecca Byrne is the post-doctoral research fellow.  This stream aims to

  1. Develop rapid, validated measurement tools of key obesity-related behaviours (dietary intake, physical activity, sleep and sedentary time) in infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children that are feasible for policy and practice purposes, including the evaluation of scaled-up early obesity prevention programs.
  2. Develop user-friendly, accessible, on-line resources (the measurement tools plus data management and analytical protocols) to help researchers, practitioners and educators in their use of these measurement tools.