Senior Research Associate
Current work and interests
Eleanor conducts research on the period of life from late adolescence to early adulthood, focusing on the changes that take place in this period of people’s lives and the impact that these changes have on changes in health behaviours such as diet and physical activity. Early adulthood is the time at which overweight and obesity rises the fastest, so is a key time for intervention to prevent increases in weight and other cardiometabolic risk factors. It is also a time when individuals are moving away from their parents, and starting to develop their independent lifestyles. This period therefore presents an opportunity to support people to develop healthy lifestyles that can then persist into adulthood.
Focussing on adolescent and young adult populations, Eleanor studies:
- Trajectories of diet, eating behaviours and physical activity over time.
- Changes in diet and health behaviours across life transitions, such as leaving home, starting a new job, or starting a family.
- Associations between diet quality and mental health and physical health outcomes.
Eleanor is a member of the Behavioural Epidemiology and Interventions in Young People programme, working closely with Dr Esther van Sluijs and Dr Kirsten Corder, as well as the Population Health Interventions programme. Eleanor’s work sits at the intersection of nutritional, behavioural and life-course epidemiology and makes use of advanced statistical methods for longitudinal analysis.
Background and experience
Eleanor began working at CEDAR as a Career Development Fellow in October 2015. Prior to this she worked at RAND Europe, an independent research institute, and in a Westminster-based think-tank, 2020health, conducting policy-focussed research on public health policy and provision of health services. Her PhD was in Development Neuroscience, which she completed at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge.
- Winpenny EM, van Sluijs EMF, White M, Klepp KI, Wold B et al. Changes in diet through adolescence and early adulthood: longitudinal trajectories and association with key life transitions. The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2018) 15, 86. PMID:30200990. PMC:6131755.
- Winpenny EM, Greenslade S, Corder K, van Sluijs EMF. Diet Quality through Adolescence and Early Adulthood: Cross-Sectional Associations of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet Index and Component Food Groups with Age. Nutrients (2018) PMID:30380598.
- Winpenny EM, van Harmelen AL, White M, van Sluijs EM, Goodyer IM Diet quality and depressive symptoms in adolescence: no cross-sectional or prospective associations following adjustment for covariates. Public Health Nutrition (2018) 1-9. PMID:29766837.
- Winpenny EM, Penney TL, Corder K, White M, van Sluijs EMF. Changes in consumption of added sugars from age 13 to 30 years: a systematic review and meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Obesity Reviews (2017) 18, 1336-1349. PMID:28869998. PMC:5656815.
- Winpenny EM, Penney TL, Corder K, White M, van Sluijs EMF. Change in diet in the period from adolescence to early adulthood: a systematic scoping review of longitudinal studies. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2017) 14 (1), 60