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 eating behaviours. Early adulthood is the time at which prevalence of 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 cardiovascular health over time.
- Changes in diet and other health behaviours across life transitions, such as leaving home, finishing education, starting employment, or starting a family.
- The associations between socioeconomic position and development of inequalities in diet and cardiovascular health.
- Methods for collecting data on diet and health behaviours, including mobile sensing and nutritional biomarkers.
Eleanor’s work sits at the intersection of nutritional, behavioural and life-course epidemiology and makes use of advanced statistical methods for longitudinal analysis. She holds an MRC Career Development Award.
Background and experience
Eleanor began working at CEDAR as a Career Development Fellow in October 2015, conducting longitudinal research on diet and eating behaviours across adolescence and early adulthood. Prior to this she worked at RAND Europe, an independent research institute, conducting policy-focussed research on public health policy and provision of health services. Her PhD was in Developmental Neuroscience, which she completed at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge.
- Winpenny EM, Winkler MR, Stochl J, Van Sluijs EM, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. Associations of early adulthood life transitions with changes in fast food intake: a latent trajectory analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2020) Dec;17(1):1-1.
- Winpenny EM, Smith M, Penney T, Foubister C, Guagliano JM, Love R, Clifford Astbury C, van Sluijs EM, Corder K. Changes in physical activity, diet, and body weight across the education and employment transitions of early adulthood: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Obesity Reviews (2020) Apr;21(4):e12962.
- Corder K, Winpenny EM, Foubister C, Guagliano JM, Hartwig XM, Love R, Clifford Astbury C, van Sluijs EM. Becoming a parent: A systematic review and meta‐analysis of changes in BMI, diet, and physical activity. Obesity Reviews (2020) Apr;21(4):e12959.
- 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, 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