ResearcherMatt Hobbs

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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

  • 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.
  • Vogel C., Zwolinsky S., Griffiths C., Hobbs M., Henderson E. and Wilkins E. (2019) A Delphi study to build consensus on the definition and use of big data in obesity research.. International Journal of Obesity http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41366-018-0313-9.
  • Wade A., Hobbs M. and Green M. (2019) Investigating the relationship between multimorbidity and dental attendance: a cross-sectional study of UK adults. British Dental Journal 226: 138-143. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2019.47.
  • Hobbs M., Duncan M., Collins P., Mckenna J., Schoeppe S., Rebar AL., Alley S., Short C. and Vandelanotte C. (2018) Clusters of health behaviours in Queensland adults are associated with different socio-demographic characteristics. Journal of Public Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy043.