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Helping Research into Foods

by Caroline Wood – 26th March 2022
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Can you help us?

We are a research group based at the University of Oxford's Cancer Epidemiology Unit and have launched a new study called 'Feeding the Future' (FEED). This study aims to create an up-to date picture of what foods people following different diets in the UK are eating.

Hopefully, this will help improve our understanding of how disease risks may be different for people following reduced meat or vegetarian diets.

To achieve this, we are inviting all UK adults to complete a short, one-off online survey about what they eat, and why.

Why is this important?

Our research group uses large-scale studies to investigate whether particular diets are associated with a higher or lower risk of disease. But because UK diets have changed so much over recent years, with many new food products now available, we have very limited information about what modern diets actually contain.

This makes it very difficult for health researchers like myself to understand why certain diets may be associated with different disease risks.

Why do we need your help?

This is where Feeding the Future comes in! Our aim is to generate a current picture of what UK adults following different diets actually eat on a day-to-day basis.

To make the results as representative as possible, we're looking for at least 5,000 UK residents to complete a short, online survey about what they eat and why.

We hope the results will increase our understanding of how disease risks may vary for different diets, and inform future research and dietary recommendations.

The survey is open to all UK adults over 18 years old, whether they are a committed carnivore, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or flexitarian. Residents in Buckinghamshire are underrepresented in the responses so far, hence we were particularly keen to reach out to this area.

Link to the survey here

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Full details about Feeding the Future can be found on the study's website: https://www.ceu.ox.ac.uk/research/feeding-the-future-study-feed

Dr Caroline Wood
Communications Officer
Oxford Population Health (Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford)

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