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Public lecture: The science of breakfast in weight management & health

University of Bath Senior Lecturer Dr James Betts will examine the importance of breakfast consumption in a free public lecture at the University on Wednesday 3 October.

Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. This belief stems from surveys showing that those who skip breakfast are paradoxically more likely to be overweight and at increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

However, the same research reveals that those who consume breakfast tend to meet other recommendations for a healthy lifestyle. The Bath Breakfast Project is the first randomised controlled trial to directly explore the existence and direction of any causal relationship between breakfast habits and human health.

Dr James Betts is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Metabolism in the University’s Department for Health. His research interests centre around the interactions between dietary energy intake and energy expenditure in regulating human health.

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP). Others in the series include:

10 October - Say it with poison - Freelance garden historian Russell Bowes will be looking at historical tales of “herbaceous murder”.

17 October - Contemporary Art in Sacred Spaces - Art History and Cultural Theory lecturer Dr Jonathan Koestlé-Cate examines how modern art continues to play a significant role in the life of the church.

24 October – How to build an Olympic Stadium – Structural engineering expert, Dr Paul Shepherd shares the secrets behind the building of the Olympic Park and explores the ways that mathematics was used in the construction and operation of this spectacular event.

31 October - Archaeology, Common Rights and the Origins of Britishness - Dr Susan Oosthuizen explores the archaeological evidence for the management of prehistoric pasture, to ask whether it is possible that common rights were already traditional by the time the Anglo-Saxons arrived.

7 November - No job for a woman – Industrial chemist Dr Barry Maule provides an insight into women’s contributions to the manufacture of explosives and shell filling in the First World War.

14 November - A sustainable future for wildlife and people - Head of Learning at Bristol Zoo Simon Garrett looks at the challenges facing a sustainable future.

The lecture is taking place in Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1 and starts at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

For more information about the University’s Autumn 2012 GULP programme, please email gulp@bath.ac.uk or call 01225 386587.

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