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Anna Myers

Dr Anna Myers PhD, MSc, BSc

Researcher in Physical Activity and Health

Summary

I am a Researcher in the Centre for Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University.

My area of expertise is physical activity and health with a particular interest in the role of exercise in appetite control, energy balance and weight management. My research has focused on the relationship between free-living sedentary and active behaviours, body composition and appetite control as well as the compensatory responses to a diet or exercise induced energy deficit.

I also have expertise in the measurement of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour. My research also focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of physical activity interventions within the NHS in both primary and secondary care settings.

  • About

    I have an undergraduate degree in Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science and a Masters degree in Physical Activity for Health, both of which were awarded at Sheffield Hallam University.

    I joined the Appetite Control and Energy Balance research group at the University of Leeds in March 2014 as a Research Assistant. During my time in Leeds I contributed to a number of large scale multi-national projects whilst also studying for my PhD which I completed in 2017.

    My PhD explored the associations among free-living sedentary and active behaviour, adiposity and appetite control within an energy balance framework.

    As well as specialising in exercise, appetite control and energy balance research, I am also interested in the broader health effects of exercise, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

    The type of work I have been involved in ranges from rigorously controlled laboratory based clinical trials to community based pragmatic evaluations.

    I have led and contributed to large scale projects funded by multiple national and international agencies including; the European Union, the National Institute for Health Research, Public Health England, Sport England, Macmillan Cancer Support and Slimming World. I have also designed and led several smaller projects funded locally.

    I have published several peer reviewed journal articles, presented at national and international conferences and taught on the undergraduate Physical Activity, Sport and Health course at SHU.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health
    Exercise, appetite control and energy balance
    Measurement of free-living physical activity and sedentary behaviour
    Body composition
    Evaluation of physical activity interventions

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    Subject area

    Exercise and Health related research

    Physical activity, sport and health

    Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Health

  • Research

    • Centre for Sport and Exercise Science

    Research Centre: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science; National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine
    Research Institute: Sheffield Hallam University; Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds

    Current Research Projects: Exercise as a mean to prevent and recover the chronic diseases (PREVENT), Erasmus + Sport; PREP (PREhabilitation scoping Project), Macmillan Cancer Support

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    Myers, A., Gibbons, C., Butler, E., Dalton, M., Buckland, N., Blundell, J., & Finlayson, G. (2018). Disentangling the relationship between sedentariness and obesity: Activity intensity, but not sitting posture, is associated with adiposity in women. Physiology and Behavior, 194, 113-119.

    Myers, A., Gibbons, C., Butler, E., Dalton, M., Buckland, N., Blundell, J. & Finlayson, G. (2017). A novel integrative procedure for identifying and integrating three-dimensions of objectively measured free-living sedentary behaviour. BMC Public Health, 17, 979.

    Hopkins, M., Beaulieu, K., Myers, A., Gibbons, C. & Blundell, J. (2017). Mechanisms responsible for homeostatic appetite control: theoretical advances and practical implications. Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism, 12(6), 401-415.

    Myers, A., Gibbons, C., Finlayson, G. & Blundell, J. (2016). Associations among sedentary and active behaviours, body fat and appetite dysregulation: investigating the myth of physical inactivity and obesity. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(21), 2540-254

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