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Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research staff profile

Dr Kim Meredith-Jones

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsBSc PhD
Research summaryPhysical activity; bone and body composition assessment in children and adults

Research

Currently, I'm the Director of the Bone and Body Composition Research Unit which undertakes innovative prospective studies evaluating bone density and quantifying body composition and regional body fat distribution in children and adults using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

I'm also involved with three major research projects in collaboration with other members of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre: MInT, PLAY and Healthy Homework in several capacities, including providing physical activity recommendations for children and families and analysis and management of accelerometry for physical activity and sleep assessment.

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Publications

Morrison, S., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., McIntosh, D. R., Beebe, D. W., Elder, D. E., Ward, A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2021). Eating in the absence of hunger in children with mild sleep loss: A randomized crossover trial with learning effects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab203

Higgins, S., Stoner, L., Black, K., Wong, J. E., Quigg, R., Meredith-Jones, K., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2021). Social jetlag is associated with obesity-related outcomes in 9-11-Year-old children, independent of other sleep characteristics. Sleep Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.06.014

Meredith-Jones, K., Taylor, R., Brown, R., Cooke, R., Vlietstra, L., Manning, P., Poulton, R., & Haszard, J. (2021). Age- and sex-specific visceral fat reference cutoffs and their association with cardio-metabolic risk. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00743-3

Adebowale, T. O., Taylor, B. J., Gray, A. R., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Fortune, S., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Sullivan, T., McIntosh, D., Brosnan, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial to reduce excessive weight gain in infancy: Protocol for the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) follow-up study at 11 years. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(11), e24968. doi: 10.2196/24968

Vlietstra, L., Waters, D. L., Jones, L. M., & Meredith-Jones, K. (2020). High-intensity interval aerobic resistance training to counteract low relative appendicular lean soft tissue mass in middle age: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(10), e22989. doi: 10.2196/22989

Higgins, S., Stoner, L., Black, K., Wong, J. E., Quigg, R., Meredith-Jones, K., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2021). Social jetlag is associated with obesity-related outcomes in 9-11-Year-old children, independent of other sleep characteristics. Sleep Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2021.06.014

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Meredith-Jones, K., Taylor, R., Brown, R., Cooke, R., Vlietstra, L., Manning, P., Poulton, R., & Haszard, J. (2021). Age- and sex-specific visceral fat reference cutoffs and their association with cardio-metabolic risk. International Journal of Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-00743-3

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Morrison, S., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., McIntosh, D. R., Beebe, D. W., Elder, D. E., Ward, A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2021). Eating in the absence of hunger in children with mild sleep loss: A randomized crossover trial with learning effects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab203

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Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Farmer, V., Williams, S., Galland, B., & Taylor, R. (2020). Non-wear time and presentation of compositional 24-hour time-use analyses influence conclusions about sleep and body mass index in children. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 3, 204-210. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2019-0048

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Jospe, M. R., Roy, M., Brown, R. C., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Fangupo, L. J., Osborne, H., Fleming, E. A., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Intermittent fasting, Paleolithic, or Mediterranean diets in the real world: Exploratory secondary analyses of a weight-loss trial that included choice of diet and exercise. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 111, 503-514. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz330

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Saeedi, P., Haszard, J., Stoner, L., Skeaff, S., Black, K. E., Davison, B., … Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., … Skidmore, P. M. L. (2020). Relationships between dietary patterns and indices of arterial stiffness and central arterial wave reflection in 9–11-year-old children. Children, 7(6), 66. doi: 10.3390/children7060066

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Stoner, L., Higgins, S., Black, K., Boggess, K., Meyer, M. L., Chou, A., Galland, B., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., … Skeaff, S., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2020). Short sleep duration is associated with central arterial stiffness in children independent of other lifestyle behaviors. Journal of Science in Sport & Exercise, 2, 236-245. doi: 10.1007/s42978-020-00062-5

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Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Farmer, V. L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Mann, J. I. (2020). Do differences in compositional time use explain ethnic variation in the prevalence of obesity in children? Analyses using 24-hour accelerometry. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 44, 94-103. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0377-1

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Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Galland, B. C., Farmer, V. L., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Schofield, G., & Mann, J. I. (2020). Quantity versus quality of objectively measured sleep in relation to body mass index in children: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 44, 803-811. doi: 10.1038/s41366-020-0552-4

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Duncan, S., Stewart, T., McPhee, J., Borotkanics, R., Prendergast, K., Zinn, C., Meredith-Jones, K., Taylor, R., … Schofield, G. (2019). Efficacy of a compulsory homework programme for increasing physical activity and improving nutrition in children: A cluster randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 16, 80. doi: 10.1186/s12966-019-0840-3

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Meredith-Jones, K., Galland, B., Haszard, J., Gray, A., Sayers, R., Hanna, M., Taylor, B., & Taylor, R. (2019). Do young children consistently meet 24-h sleep and activity guidelines? A longitudinal analysis using actigraphy. International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 43, 2555-2564. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0432-y

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Rasmussen, L. J. H., Caspi, A., Ambler, A., Broadbent, J. M., Cohen, H. J., d'Arbeloff, T., … Hancox, R. J., … Hogan, S., … Ireland, D., Knodt, A. R., Meredith-Jones, K., … Morrison, L., Poulton, R., Ramrakha, S., … Sneddon, K., Thomson, W. M., … Moffitt, T. E. (2019). Association of neurocognitive and physical function with gait speed in midlife. JAMA Network Open, 2(10), e1913123. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.13123

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Smith, C., Galland, B., Taylor, R., & Meredith-Jones, K. (2019). ActiGraph GT3X+ and Actical wrist and hip worn accelerometers for sleep and wake indices in young children using an automated algorithm: Validation with polysomnography. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 958. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00958

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Smith, M., Ikeda, E., Duncan, S., Maddison, R., Hinckson, E., Meredith-Jones, K., … Mandic, S. (2019). Trends and measurement issues for active transportation in New Zealand's physical activity report cards for children and youth. Journal of Transport & Health, 15, 100789. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2019.100789

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Vlietstra, L., Stebbings, S., Meredith-Jones, K., Abbott, J. H., Treharne, G. J., & Waters, D. L. (2019). Sarcopenia in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: The association with self-reported fatigue, physical function and obesity. PLoS ONE, 14(6), e0217462. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0217462

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Harrex, H. A. L., Skeaff, S. A., Black, K. E., Davison, B. K., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Saeedi, P., … Skidmore, P. M. L. (2018). Sleep timing is associated with diet and physical activity levels in 9-11-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand: The PEDALS study. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(4), e12634. doi: 10.1111/jsr.12634

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Meredith-Jones, K., Haszard, J., Moir, C., Heath, A.-L., Lawrence, J., Galland, B., Taylor, B., Gray, A., Sayers, R., & Taylor, R. (2018). Physical activity and inactivity trajectories associated with body composition in pre-schoolers. International Journal of Obesity, 42, 1621-1630. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0058-5

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Meredith-Jones, K., Haszard, J., Stanger, N., & Taylor, R. (2018). Precision of DXA-derived visceral fat measurements in a large sample of adults of varying body size. Obesity, 26(3), 505-512. doi: 10.1002/oby.22108

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Roy, M., Williams, S. M., Brown, R. C., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Osborne, H., Jospe, M., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). High-intensity interval training in the real world: Outcomes from a 12-month intervention in overweight adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(9), 1818-1826. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000001642

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Saeedi, P., Black, K. E., Haszard, J. J., Skeaff, S., Stoner, L., Davidson, B., Harrex, H. A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., … Skidmore, P. M. L. (2018). Dietary patterns, cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness in 9-11-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 10, 887. doi: 10.3390/nu10070887

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Stadnyk, A. M. J., Rehrer, N. J., Handcock, P. J., Meredith-Jones, K. A., & Cotter, J. D. (2018). No clear benefit of muscle heating on hypertrophy and strength with resistance training. Temperature, 5(2), 175-183. doi: 10.1080/23328940.2017.1391366

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Taylor, R. W., Gray, A. R., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R., Healey, D., Tannock, G. W., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Hanna, M., Hatch, B., & Taylor, B. J. (2018). Sleep, nutrition, and physical activity interventions to prevent obesity in infancy: Follow-up of the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) randomized controlled trial at ages 3.5 and 5 y. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 108(2), 228, 236. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy090

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Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Gray, A. R., Sayers, R., Hanna, M., & Taylor, B. J. (2018). 24-h movement behaviors from infancy to preschool: Cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships with body composition and bone health. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 15, 118. doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0753-6

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Vaipuna, T. F. W., Williams, S. M., Farmer, V. L., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Richards, R., Galland, B. C., Te Morenga, L., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Sleep patterns in children differ by ethnicity: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses using actigraphy. Sleep Health, 4(1), 81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.10.012

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Davison, B., Saeedi, P., Black, K., Harrex, H., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Quigg, R., Skeaff, S., … Skidmore, P. (2017). The association between parent diet quality and child dietary patterns in nine- to eleven-year-old children from Dunedin, New Zealand. Nutrients, 9(5), 483. doi: 10.3390/nu9050483

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Jospe, M. R., Roy, M., Brown, R. C., Williams, S. M., Osborne, H. R., Meredith-Jones, K. A., McArthur, J. R., Fleming, E. A., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). The effect of different types of monitoring strategies on weight loss: A randomized controlled trial. Obesity, 25(9), 1490-1498. doi: 10.1002/oby.21898

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Galland, B., Meredith-Jones, K., Gray, A., Sayers, R., Lawrence, J., Taylor, B., & Taylor, R. (2016). Criteria for nap identification in infants and young children using 24-h actigraphy and agreement with parental diary. Sleep Medicine, 19, 85-92. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2015.10.013

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Meredith-Jones, K., Williams, S., & Taylor, R. (2016). Agreement between parental perception of child weight status and actual weight status is similar across different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 8(4), 316-324. doi: 10.1071/HC16002

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Meredith-Jones, K., Williams, S., Galland, B., Kennedy, G., & Taylor, R. (2016). 24 h Accelerometry: Impact of sleep-screening methods on estimates of sedentary behaviour and physical activity while awake. Journal of Sports Sciences, 34(7), 679-685. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1068438

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Moir, C., Meredith-Jones, K., Taylor, B. J., Gray, A., Heath, A.-L. M., Dale, K., Galland, B., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). Early intervention to encourage physical activity in infants and toddlers: A randomized controlled trial. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 48(12), 2446-2453. doi: 10.1249/mss.0000000000001055

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Taylor, R. W., Heath, A.-L. M., Galland, B. C., Cameron, S. L., Lawrence, J. A., Gray, A. R., Tannock, G. W., Lawley, B., Healey, D., Sayers, R. M., Hanna, M., Meredith-Jones, K., Hatch, B., & Taylor, B. J. (2016). Three-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial to reduce excessive weight gain in the first two years of life: Protocol for the POI follow-up study. BMC Public Health, 16, 771. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3383-4

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Meredith-Jones, K. A., Williams, S. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Bioelectrical impedance as a measure of change in body composition in young children. Pediatric Obesity, 10, 252-259. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.263

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Taylor, R. W., Brown, D. A., Meredith-Jones, K., Dawson, A. M., Haszard, J. J., & Williams, S. M. (2015). Wanting to and doing So: Parental intent to change weight does not translate into behavior. Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior, 3(1), 183. doi: 10.4172/2375-4494.1000183

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Taylor, R. W., Cox, A., Knight, L., Brown, D. A., Meredith-Jones, K., Haszard, J. J., Dawson, A. M., Taylor, B. J., & Williams, S. M. (2015). A tailored family-based obesity intervention: A randomized trial. Pediatrics, 136(2), 281-289. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-0595

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Dawson, A. M., Brown, D. A., Cox, A., Williams, S. M., Treacy, L., Haszard, J., Meredith-Jones, K., Hargreaves, E., Taylor, B. J., Ross, J., & Taylor, R. W. (2014). Using motivational interviewing for weight feedback to parents of young children. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 50(6), 461-470. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12518

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Galland, B., Meredith-Jones, K., Terrill, P., & Taylor, R. (2014). Challenges and emerging technologies within the field of pediatric actigraphy. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5, 99. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00099

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Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Dawson, A. M., Taylor, B. J., Meredith-Jones, K., & Brown, D. (2013). What factors influence uptake into family-based obesity treatment after weight screening? Journal of Pediatrics, 163, 1657-1662. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.08.033

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Meredith-Jones, K., Waters, D., Legge, M., & Jones, L. (2011). Upright water-based exercise to improve cardiovascular and metabolic health: A qualitative review. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 19(2), 93-103. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2011.02.002

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Taylor, R. W., Farmer, V. L., Cameron, S. L., Meredith-Jones, K., Williams, S. M., & Mann, J. I. (2011). School playgrounds and physical activity policies as predictors of school and home time activity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 8, 38. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-8-38

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Taylor, R. W., Brown, D., Dawson, A. M., Haszard, J., Cox, A., Rose, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Treacy, L., Ross, J., & Williams, S. M. (2010). Motivational interviewing for screening and feedback and encouraging lifestyle changes to reduce relative weight in 4-8 year old children: Design of the MInT study. BMC Public Health, 10, 271. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-271

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Jones, L. M., Meredith-Jones, K., & Legge, M. (2009). The effect of water-based exercise on glucose and insulin response in overweight women: A pilot study. Journal of Women's Health, 18(10), 1653-1659. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2008.1147

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Meredith-Jones, K., Legge, M., & Jones, L. M. (2009). Circuit based deep water running improves cardiovascular fitness, strength and abdominal obesity in older, overweight women: Aquatic exercise intervention in older adults. Medicina Sportiva, 13(1), 5-12. doi: 10.2478/v10036-009-0002-9

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Adebowale, T. O., Taylor, B. J., Gray, A. R., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Fortune, S., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Sullivan, T., McIntosh, D., Brosnan, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Long-term follow-up of a randomized controlled trial to reduce excessive weight gain in infancy: Protocol for the Prevention of Overweight in Infancy (POI) follow-up study at 11 years. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(11), e24968. doi: 10.2196/24968

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Vlietstra, L., Waters, D. L., Jones, L. M., & Meredith-Jones, K. (2020). High-intensity interval aerobic resistance training to counteract low relative appendicular lean soft tissue mass in middle age: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(10), e22989. doi: 10.2196/22989

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Ward, A. L., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Meredith-Jones, K., Morrison, S., McIntosh, D. R., Jackson, R., … Fangupo, L., Richards, R., Te Morenga, L., Smith, C., Elder, D. E., & Taylor, R. W. (2019). The effect of mild sleep deprivation on diet and eating behaviour in children: Protocol for the Daily Rest, Eating, and Activity Monitoring (DREAM) randomized cross-over trial. BMC Public Health, 19, 1347. doi: 10.1186/s12889-019-7628-x

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Roy, M. C., Meredith-Jones, K. A., Osborne, H. R., Williams, S. M., Brown, R. C., Jospe, M. R., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). The importance of medical assessment prior to high-intensity interval training. New Zealand Medical Journal, 1476(131), 100-102. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Saeedi, P., Shavandi, A., & Meredith-Jones, K. (2018). Nail properties and bone health: A review. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 9(2), 31. doi: 10.3390/jfb9020031

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Smith, M., Ikeda, E., Hinckson, E., Duncan, S., Maddison, R., Meredith-Jones, K., … Mandic, S. (2018). Results from New Zealand's 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth [Brief report]. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 15(Suppl. 2), S390-S392. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0463

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Vlietstra, L., Meredith-Jones, K., Stebbings, S., Abbott, J. H., Treharne, G. J., & Waters, D. L. (2017). Sarcopenic obesity is more prevalent in osteoarthritis than rheumatoid arthritis: Are different processes involved? Rheumatology, 56(10), 1816-1818. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/kex303

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Taylor, R. W., Roy, M., Jospe, M. R., Osborne, H. R., Meredith-Jones, K., Williams, S. M., & Brown, R. C. (2015). Determining how best to support overweight adults to adhere to lifestyle change: Protocol for the SWIFT study. BMC Public Health, 15, 861. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2205-4

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