Health and lifestyles in middle age

7th November 2013 9:00 to 12:00
ESRC Festival of Social Science JPG

Launch of initial findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study Age 42 Survey

Early findings from the age 42 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) were launched at the Department of Health on Thursday 7 November 2013 as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

The UK is one of the fattest countries in Europe, and the Government estimates that associated health problems cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year. The 1970 cohort – now in their 40s – represents a generation that grew up with increasingly sedentary lifestyles, more access to ready meals, and was the first generation in Britain to grow up with fast food. Today, this nationally-representative cohort is considerably more likely to be overweight or obese than generations before them.

Senior social scientists leading the study presented the latest findings from the age 42 survey (completed in May 2013), including prevalence of overweight and obesity, associated mental health problems and exercise and eating habits. The seminar will demonstrate how this large multi-dimensional dataset can support policy development and will also identify specific opportunities for policy-relevant analyses.


Introduction to the 1970 British Cohort Study
Matthew Brown

The 1970 generation at 42: An unhealthy generation?
Alice Sullivan

The long shadow of childhood disadvantage: Evidence from NSHD and Whitehall II
Eric Brunner

Breastfeeding and Social Mobility: Evidence from the 1958 and 1970 cohorts
Amanda Sacker

Other materials

Brieifng paper: Overweight and obesity in mid-life