Food and health is a major focus for research activity and economic investment at the University of Leeds. It is also a government priority area for healthy living. Research in this area in Leeds is based in the internationally renowned Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU), established in Leeds in 1990 and which is recognised as the leading centre for appetite research in the UK.   Researchers have access to the unique resources in HARU, contributing significantly to our academic activities that are centred around health and wellbeing across the lifespan. Current areas of focus include: infant and child feeding behaviour for the development of healthy food choice and eating patterns; the disrupting effect of stress in people’s lives and how metabolic changes and diet can impair cognition and action; obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome and the alleviation of these conditions through technology-based behaviour change. 

Lead Academics:
Professor Louise Dye, tel: +44 (0) 113 3435707, email: 
Professor Marion Hetherington,  tel: +44 (0) 113 3438472, email: