Honorary Specialty Registrar
Oliver is an Honorary Specialty Registrar, funded by a Cambridge Institute of Medical Research Wellcome Trust fellowship. He works in the Physical Activity & Public Health programme and is currently undertaking a PhD aimed at improving our understanding of how the built and social environment influences walking and cycling, and how this affects health.
He studied medicine at the University of Cambridge (pre-clinical) and University of Oxford (clinical). He trained initially in general medicine before working in the Department of Health for two years and subsequently entering public health training. He holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Harvard.
Oliver has a long standing interest in the prevention of obesity, particularly the role of ‘population approaches’ in the promotion of healthy eating and regular physical activity. In particular he has used modelling to estimate and understand the health impacts of different fiscal measures (taxes on unhealthy foods and subsidies on fruit & vegetables). He has published over twenty peer-review papers, including in the BMJ.
- Mytton OT, Briggs ADM, Kehlbacher A, Tiffin R, Rayner M, Scarborough P: Overall and income specific effect on prevalence of overweight and obesity of 20% sugar sweetened drink tax in UK: econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study. BMJ 2013, 347:f6189.
- Mytton OT, Townsend N, Rutter H, Foster C: Green space and physical activity: an observational study using Health Survey for England data. Health Place 2012, 18:1034–41.
- Mytton O, Clarke D, Rayner M: Taxes on unhealthy food and drinks. BMJ, 2012; 314:e2931
- Donaldson LJ, Rutter PD, Ellis BM, Greaves FEC, Mytton OT, Pebody RG, Yardley IE: Mortality from pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza in England: public health surveillance study. BMJ 2009, 339:b5213
- Mytton O, Gray A, Rayner M, Rutter H: Could targeted food taxes improve health? J Epidemiol Community Health 2007, 61:689–694.