Is Public Health Nutrition Policy for the People?

Is Public Health Nutrition Policy for the People?

My name is Charlotte Stansfield and I am a final-year Human Nutrition and Dietetics student at the University of Chester. For my dissertation project,

I’ve chosen to look at how public health nutrition policy is experienced by those receiving income support and living with a diet-related disease or obesity, in the hope of contributing to the current research around health inequity.

Previous research has highlighted how Public Health Nutrition Policy, with a focus on education, empowerment and personal ‘choice’, does not go far enough to address the wider sociological, psychological and environmental influences on dietary behaviour outside of personal control1. For individuals and families receiving low-income, living in a more deprived area or unable to work, this translates into a greater risk of developing preventable illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease or Obesity2.

With the help of some willing TLC participants, I hope to understand where Public Health Nutrition Policy is going wrong and what policymakers may do to better support those they have previously failed.

If you’re interested in taking part and think you fit the criteria then please get in touch via email. I’m more than happy to provide further information about the interview process, answer any questions you may have and discuss any concerns.


1 Mozaffarian, D., Angell, S.Y., Lang, T. & Rivera, J.A. (2018). Role of government policy in nutrition- barriers to and opporutinties for healthier eating. BMJ, 361.

2 Marmot, M. (2020). Health equity in england: The marmot review 10 years on. British Medical Journal, 368(8235), 1-4.

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