Cohort profile: The Resilience for Eating and Activity Despite Inequality (READI) study

Kylie Ball, Verity Cleland, Jo Salmon, Anna F. Timperio, Sarah McNaughton, Lukar Thornton, Karen Campbell, Michelle Jackson, Louise A. Baur, Gita Mishra, Johannes Brug, Robert W. Jeffery, Abby King, Ichiro Kawachi, David A. Crawford

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The Resilience for Eating and Activity Despite Inequality (READI) cohort was established to address the following two key aims: to investigate the pathways (personal, social and structural) by which socio-economic disadvantage influences lifestyle choices associated with obesity risk (physical inactivity, poor dietary choices) and to explore mechanisms underlying 'resilience' to obesity risk in socio-economically disadvantaged women and children. A total of 4349 women aged 18-46 years and 685 children aged 5-12 years were recruited from 80 socio-economically disadvantaged urban and rural neighbourhoods of Victoria, Australia, and provided baseline (T1: 2007-08) measures of adiposity, physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviours; socio-economic and demographic factors; and psychological, social and perceived environmental factors that might impact on obesity risk. Audits of the 80 neighbourhoods were undertaken at baseline to provide objective neighbourhood environmental data. Three-year follow-up data (2010-11) have recently been collected from 1912 women and 382 children. Investigators welcome enquiries regarding data access and collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberdys165
Pages (from-to)1629-1639
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013

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Funding Information:
NHMRC Strategic Award, ID 374241. NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (ID 479513 to K.B.). NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (ID 533917 to V.C.). VicHealth public health research fellowships (to A.T. and D.C.). National Heart Foundation of Australia Career Development Award and sanofi-aventis (to J.S.). Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Research Fellowship (Public Health) (to K.C.). Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (to L.T.). Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT100100581 to S.M.). NHMRC (to G.M.).

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