Andrea Cereceres Aragón
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- Thesis title: Older adults’ food choice and the potential of choice architecture interventions
- Supervisor: Dr Hannah Ensaff, Dr Melvin Holmes
Hello! My name is Andrea, and I am from Mexico. I finished a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a master’s degree in Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Juarez City, Chihuahua. In addition, I had the opportunity to attend a summer research in Tucson, Arizona. After my master's degree, I worked as a teacher in the University of Juarez city and Tec Milenio’s high school. Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. as a postgraduate researcher at the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. To achieve this, I received a Mexican scholarship from the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).
The UK’s older adult population has increased in recent years, and there are more than 12 million people in the UK aged 65 years and above. Among older adults, there is a potential increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases. Ageing process modifies psychosocial and physical aspects which may lead to a decrease in lifestyle patterns, particularly dietary habits. My Ph.D. project will have a focus on older adults’ food choices and dietary habits in the UK. The research questions will be answered through a mixed-method approach. The first step will entail quantitative analysis of large datasets to better understand older adults’ dietary habits. Then, a qualitative analysis will be conducted to analyse the perspectives and perceptions towards food consumption and habits. This will involve data collected through focus group interviews with recruited older adults. The final step will be the development and utilisation of an intervention to understand the changes in food choice. Ultimately, this research will explore the potential of choice architecture in changing older adults’ food choices.
- MSc, Chemical and Biological Sciences
- Bachelor in Nutrition