ResearcherMatt Hobbs

Internal Phone: 90198
It is difficult to envisage a future where obesity prevalence decreases in environments that actively promote it


Research Interests

Matthew is a postdoctoral researcher in the GeoHealth Laboratory (GeoSpatial Research Institute) at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

As an early career researcher, he recently completed his PhD for which he received a scholarship. His thesis explored the association between the physical food and physical activity environment and obesity. He has a MSc. Physical Activity and Public Health from Loughborough University and BA (Hons) Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Most recently, he has been invited as part of the international advisory panel for Perspectives in Public Health a flagship journal of the Royal Society for Public Health (MRSPH). Matthew became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA & PGCHE), has studied and worked in Australia, at Loughborough University and also works as a health, physical activity and obesity consultant.

Recent Publications

  • Daly-Smith A., Morris JL., Hobbs M. and McKenna J. (2019) Commentary on a recent article on the effects of the 'Daily Mile' on physical activity, fitness and body composition: Addressing key limitations. BMC Medicine 17(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12916-019-1335-4.
  • Hobbs M., Green M., Roberts K., Griffiths C. and McKenna J. (2019) Reconsidering the relationship between fast-food outlets, area-level deprivation, diet quality and body mass index: An exploratory structural equation modelling approach. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2018-211798.
  • Hobbs M., Griffiths C., Green MA., Christensen A. and McKenna J. (2019) Examining longitudinal associations between the recreational physical activity environment, change in body mass index, and obesity by age in 8864 Yorkshire Health Study participants. Social Science and Medicine 227: 76-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.027.
  • Hobbs M., Griffiths C., Green MA., Jordan H., Saunders J., Christensen A. and McKenna J. (2019) Fast-food outlet availability and obesity: Considering variation by age and methodological diversity in 22,889 Yorkshire Health Study participants. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology 28: 43-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sste.2018.11.001.
  • Hobbs M., Tomintz M., McCarthy J., Marek L., Vannier C., Campbell M. and Kingham S. (2019) Obesity risk in women of childbearing age in New Zealand: a nationally representative cross-sectional study. International Journal of Public Health 64(4): 625-635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00038-019-01239-8.