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Expertise & Capabilities

has expertise in:

  • childhood obesity: aetiology; diagnosis; prevention; treatment; consequences
  • objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • longitudinal (birth cohort) studies, in particular with ALSPAC and GMS in the UK
  • systematic reviewing: evidence appraisal, and evidence - based guideline development
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in children and adolescents

Personal Statement

Professor John J Reilly

Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Science

Personal Statement

I joined the University in 2011 as John Anderson Research Leader and Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science.  I was formerly Professor of Paediatric Energy Metabolism at the University of Glasgow. My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents globally; the development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence globally; global monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents.

  I am involved in a range of national and international Knowledge Exchange projects. Recent KE projects include

  I have over 340 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (August 2020) of 65 (Web of Science) and 83 (Google Scholar), and a career FWCI of 3.20. Recent publications include the following:

Longitudinal changes in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis. MA Farooq, AM Gibson, X Janssen, AR Hughes, M, A Martin, JJ Reilly. Obes Rev 2020; 21: e12953.

Energy expenditure associated with posture transitions in pre-school children. KL Downing, X Janssen, DP Cliff, AD Okely, JJ Reilly. PLoS ONE 2019; 14 (4) e0215169

Non-linear associations between moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity and adiposity across the adiposity distribution during childhood and adolescence: Gateshead Millennium Study. X Janssen, L Basterfield, KN Parkinson, M Pearce, JK Reilly, AJ Adamson, JJ Reilly. Int J Obes 2019 43:744-750.

Longitudinal changes in vigorous intensity physical activity from childhood to adolescence

Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study M Reyes Beltran-Valls, X Janssen, A Farooq, AJ

Adamson, MS Pearce, JK Reilly, L Basterfield, JJ Reilly. J Sci Med Sport 2019; 22: 450-

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BMI versus deuterium dilution for establishing childhood obesity prevalence. A Diouf, T

Adom, A Aouidet, A El Hamdouchi, NI Joonas, CU Loechl, GH Leyna, D Mbithe, T

Moleah, A Monyeki, HL Nashandi, SMA Somda, JJ ReillyWHO Bulletin 2018; 96: 772-781.

Teaching Interests

I teach on the BSc Sport & Physical Activity degree, mainly in the Physical Activity & Health classes (e.g. Sports Nutrition), and supervise students doing mini-research projects in 3rd year and larger research dissertation projects in 4th year. 

Research Interests

My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents (including impacts on academic attainment); the development  and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence in low-middle income countries as well as high income countries.

 I have over 340 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (August 2020) of 65 (Scopus) and 83 (Google Scholar), and a career FWCI of 3.2.Recent publications can be found in the Personal Statement. A number of recent research projects have been included in news articles in The Conversation- links below

https://theconversation.com/rewild-your-kids-why-playing-outside-should-be-a-post-pandemic-priority-156077

https://theconversation.com/as-schools-reopen-will-this-be-the-least-fit-generation-of-schoolchildren-ever-145492

https://theconversation.com/active-commuting-could-make-childrens-return-to-school-better-for-their-health-and-the-planet-133094

https://theconversation.com/obesity-is-more-common-than-you-think-heres-why-131341

https://theconversation.com/why-fidgeting-could-be-good-for-your-childs-health-122346

https://theconversation.com/why-screen-time-for-babies-children-and-adolescents-needs-to-be-limited-110630

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, University of Wales

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1984

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