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Spotlight on: Nutrition

About nutrition

Nutrition, diet and physical activity play an important, if not a determinant, role in the promotion of health and in the protection from and treatment of disease. Poor nutrition is a direct cause of disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular problems and we are facing a global obesity epidemic. The challenges are worldwide and will require a global, coordinated response. The UK has earned a strong reputation in nutrition research but we now need to ensure we are well placed to take on these new challenges. Read more on the MRC priorities for nutrition research体育直播站 page.  about why research on nutrition and health matters.

About obesity: Obesity is associated with increased mortality and substantial morbidity, placing a significant burden on healthcare systems around the world. The MRC has identified eight priorities for obesity research and have divided them into two categories: scientific areas and experimental and conceptual approaches. Read more about our obesity research

Recent media

  • Food Ladders (PDF, 1.86MB) is helping to build food security and resilience within local communities. More information can be found on the .
  • Career inspiration: an insight into the working life of nutrition scientist Professor Nita Gandhi Forouhi
  • Could dairy products help prevent type 2 diabetes? A blog post from the MRC Epidemiology Unit
  • : an article about the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Sciences
  • : a blog post about the MRC-funded 
  • how she's teamed up with the Scottish Professional Football League Trust to tackle obesity in men
  • Max Perutz writing award shortlisted article: Childhood obesity in South Africa (PDF, 153KB).