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DSM staff profile

Professor Rachael Taylor

PositionResearch Professor, Karitane Fellow in Early Childhood Obesity
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (Dunedin)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD
Research summaryHow sleep, diet, and activity affect weight management in children
Memberships
  • Secretary and Executive Member, Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society
  • Associated Editor, Pediatric Obesity
  • Expert Advisory Group on Childhood Obesity, Ministry of Health
  • Research-only representative, Divisional Research Committee

Research

Professor Rachael Taylor is the Karitane Fellow in Early Childhood Obesity. Rachael is also Deputy Head of the Department of Medicine and Director of the Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research Centre, one of the University's flagship Research Centres.

"Developing and trialing different ways of tackling the worldwide problem of childhood obesity is a fascinating area to work in. New ideas and initiatives are constantly being developed which makes for an interesting and continually evolving area of science."

Rachael is interested in determining how sleep, diet, and physical activity can be manipulated to favourably affect body weight throughout the life cycle but particularly in childhood. Her work consists of observational studies and randomised controlled trials.

Current research includes:

  • Sleep: Validating new techniques for the measurement of 24-hour activity profiles in children, and mechanistic studies determining how inadequate sleep influences eating and activity behaviour during growth
  • BLISS (Baby-Led Introduction to Solids): To determine if using foods that infants can feed themselves encourages self-regulation of energy intake, and prevents the development of overweight (without detrimental effects on iron status and growth). 200 infants are participating in a two-year trial
  • Play: A study of 900 Otago and Auckland children which investigates whether changing school play space to encourage children to experience and manage risk affects physical activity, body weight, and bullying
  • POI (Prevention of Overweight in Infancy): A two-year trial investigating whether additional guidance around breastfeeding, food, activity and sleep can impact on the rate of weight gain in 800 infants. These participants will now be followed up to 5 years of age.

Publications

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

Askie, L. M., Espinoza, D., Martin, A., Daniels, L. A., Mihrshahi, S., Taylor, R., … Taylor, B., … Baur, L. A. (2020). Interventions commenced by early infancy to prevent childhood obesity: The EPOCH Collaboration: An individual participant data prospective meta-analysis of four randomized controlled trials. Pediatric Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12618

Jospe, M. R., de Bruin, W. E., Haszard, J. J., Mann, J. I., Brunton, M., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Teaching people to eat according to appetite: Does the method of glucose measurement matter? Appetite. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104691

Smith, C., de Wilde, T., Taylor, R. W., & Galland, B. C. (2020). Prebedtime screen use in adolescents: A survey of habits, barriers, and perceived acceptability of potential interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.12.007

Leong, K. S. W., McLay, J., Derraik, J. G. B., Gibb, S., Shackleton, N., Taylor, R. W., … Audas, R., Taylor, B., … Cutfield, W. S. (2020). Associations of prenatal and childhood antibiotic exposure with obesity at age 4 years. JAMA Network Open, 3(1), e1919681. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.19681

Authored Book - Other

O'Brien, B., & Taylor, R. (2004). The fat word: A New Zealand guide to preventing childhood obesity. Auckland, New Zealand: David Bateman Ltd, 88p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Heath, A.-L., & Taylor, R. (2017). Childhood and adolescent nutrition. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (5th ed.) (pp. 529-545). Oxford University Press.

Heath, A.-L., & Taylor, R. (2012). Childhood and adolescent nutrition. In J. Mann & A. S. Truswell (Eds.), Essentials of human nutrition. (4th ed.) (pp. 554-571). Oxford University Press.

Hesketh, K., Campbell, K., & Taylor, R. (2011). Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region. In L. A. Moreno, I. Pigeot & W. Ahrens (Eds.), Epidemiology of obesity in children and adolescents: Prevalence and etiology. (pp. 111-125). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6039-9_7

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Journal - Research Article

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

Leong, K. S. W., McLay, J., Derraik, J. G. B., Gibb, S., Shackleton, N., Taylor, R. W., … Audas, R., Taylor, B., … Cutfield, W. S. (2020). Associations of prenatal and childhood antibiotic exposure with obesity at age 4 years. JAMA Network Open, 3(1), e1919681. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.19681

Smith, C., de Wilde, T., Taylor, R. W., & Galland, B. C. (2020). Prebedtime screen use in adolescents: A survey of habits, barriers, and perceived acceptability of potential interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.12.007

Jospe, M. R., de Bruin, W. E., Haszard, J. J., Mann, J. I., Brunton, M., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Teaching people to eat according to appetite: Does the method of glucose measurement matter? Appetite. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104691

Askie, L. M., Espinoza, D., Martin, A., Daniels, L. A., Mihrshahi, S., Taylor, R., … Taylor, B., … Baur, L. A. (2020). Interventions commenced by early infancy to prevent childhood obesity: The EPOCH Collaboration: An individual participant data prospective meta-analysis of four randomized controlled trials. Pediatric Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12618

Galland, B. C., de Wilde, T., Taylor, R. W., & Smith, C. (2020). Sleep and pre-bedtime activities in New Zealand adolescents: Differences by ethnicity. Sleep Health, 6, 23-31. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.09.002

Jospe, M. R., Haszard, J. J., Taylor, R. W., & Freedhoff, Y. (2020). A tool for assessing the satisfaction of a diet: Development and preliminary validation of the Diet Satisfaction Score. Nutrition & Dietetics, 77, 268-273. doi: 10.1111/1747-0080.12591

Leong, C., Haszard, J. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Tannock, G. W., Lawley, B., Cameron, S. L., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Galland, B. C., Lawrence, J. A., Otal, A., Hughes, A., & Taylor, R. W. (2020). Using compositional principal component analysis to describe children's gut microbiota in relation to diet and body composition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 111(1), 70-78. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz270

Seidler, A. L., Hunter, K. E., Johnson, B. J., Ekambareshwar, M., Taki, S., Mauch, C. E., … Taylor, R. W., … Golley, R. K. (2020). Understanding, comparing and learning from the four EPOCH early childhood obesity prevention interventions: A multi-methods study. Pediatric Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12679

Roy, M., Haszard, J. J., Savage, J. S., Yolton, K., Beebe, D. W., Xu, Y., Galland, B., … Taylor, B., Richards, R., … Taylor, R. W. (2020). Bedtime, body mass index and obesity risk in preschool-aged children. Pediatric Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12650

Brown, V., Tan, E. J., Hayes, A., Baur, L., Campbell, K., Taylor, R., … Moodie, M. (2020). Cost comparison of five Australasian obesity prevention interventions for children aged from birth to two years. Pediatric Obesity. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12684

George, M., Theodore, R., Richards, R., Galland, B., Taylor, R., Matahaere, M., & Te Morenga, L. A. (2020). Moe Kitenga: A qualitative study of perceptions of infant and child sleep practices among Māori whānau. AlterNative, 16(2), 153-160. doi: 10.1177/1177180120929694

Gale, J. T., Ward, A. L., de Bruin, W. E., Taylor, R. W., & Jospe, M. R. (2020). Translating hunger training research to primary health: A qualitative study of nurse attitudes towards a novel weight management intervention. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12(1), 79-87. doi: 10.1071/hc19052

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2019-0048

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

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. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1038/s41366-020-0552-4

Haszard, J. J., Russell, C. G., Byrne, R. A., Taylor, R. W., & Campbell, K. J. (2019). Early maternal feeding practices: Associations with overweight later in childhood. Appetite, 132, 91-96. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.10.008

Lawrence, J., Taylor, R. W., Galland, B., Williams, S., Gray, A., Sayers, R. M., & Taylor, B. (2019). Family discipline practices with infants at six months of age. Child Care in Practice, 25(4), 283-298. doi: 10.1080/13575279.2018.1463969

Gibb, S., Shackleton, N., Audas, R., Taylor, B., Swinburn, B., Zhu, T., Taylor, R., … Milne, B. (2019). Child obesity prevalence across communities in New Zealand: 2010-2016. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(2), 176-181. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12881

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

Butler, É. M., Derraik, J. G. B., Glover, M., Morton, S. M. B., Tautolo, E.-S., Taylor, R. W., & Cutfield, W. S. (2019). Acceptability of early childhood obesity prediction models to New Zealand families. PLoS ONE, 14(12), e0225212. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0225212

Lawrence, J., Haszard, J. J., Taylor, B., Galland, B., Gray, A., Sayers, R., Hanna, M., & Taylor, R. (2019). A longitudinal study of parental discipline up to 5 years. Journal of Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13229400.2019.1665570

de Bruin, W. E., Ward, A. L., Taylor, R. W., & Jospe, M. R. (2019). 'Am I really hungry?' A qualitative exploration of patients' experience, adherence and behaviour change during hunger training: A pilot study. BMJ Open, 9(12), e032248. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032248

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

Smith, C., Galland, B. C., de Bruin, W. E., & Taylor, R. W. (2019). Feasibility of automated cameras to measure screen use in adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 57(3), 417-424. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.04.012

Butler, É. M., Suhag, A., Hong, Y., Liang, L., Gong, C., Xiong, F., … Taylor, R. W., … Derraik, J. G. B. (2019). Parental perceptions of obesity in school children and subsequent action. Childhood Obesity, 15(7), 459-467. doi: 10.1089/chi.2018.0338

Rapata, H., Cutfield, W. S., Milne, B. J., Shackleton, N., Waetford, C., Richards, R., Taylor, R. W., Raureti, T., Derraik, J. G. B., & Camp, J. (2019). Stable prevalence of obesity among Ngāti Whātua 4-year-old children in 2010–2016. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 49(4), 449-458. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2019.1691613

Byrne, R., Bell, L., Taylor, R. W., Mauch, C., Mihrshahi, S., Zarnowiecki, D., … Golley, R. (2019). Brief tools to measure obesity-related behaviours in children under 5 years of age: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews, 20, 432-447. doi: 10.1111/obr.12801

Hatch, B., Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Taylor, R. W., Sayers, R., Lawrence, J., & Taylor, B. (2019). Consistent use of bedtime parenting strategies mediates the effects of sleep education on child sleep: Secondary findings from an early-life randomized controlled trial. Sleep Health, 5(5), 433-443. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.03.002

Shackleton, N., Derraik, J. G. B., Audas, R., Taylor, R. W., Glover, M., Morton, S. M. B., … Kokaua, J., Taylor, B., … Milne, B. J. (2019). Decomposing ethnic differences in body mass index and obesity rates among New Zealand pre-schoolers. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 1951-1960. doi: 10.1038/s41366-019-0390-4

Fangupo, L. J., Haszard, J. J., Leong, C., Heath, A.-L. M., Fleming, E. A., & Taylor, R. W. (2019). Relative validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire to assess energy intake from minimally processed and ultra-processed foods in young children. Nutrients, 11(6), 1290. doi: 10.3390/nu11061290

Lawley, B., Otal, A., Moloney-Geany, K., Diana, A., Houghton, L., Heath, A.-L. M., Taylor, R. W., & Tannock, G. W. (2019). Fecal microbiotas of Indonesian and New Zealand children differ in complexity and bifidobacterial taxa during the first year of life. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 85(19), e01105-1. doi: 10.1128/aem.01105-19

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

Okesene-Gafa, K. A. M., Li, M., McKinlay, C. J. D., Taylor, R. S., Rush, E. C., Wall, C. R., … Taylor, R., … McCowan, L. M. E. (2019). Effect of antenatal dietary interventions in maternal obesity on pregnancy weight-gain and birthweight: Healthy Mums and Babies (HUMBA) randomized trial. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 221, 152.e1-152.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.03.003

Hatch, B., Gray, A. R., Taylor, R. W., Hanna, M., Heath, A.-L., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R., & Taylor, B. (2019). Examining the accuracy of the New Zealand B4 School Check universal health service anthropometric measurements of children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 132(1489), 89-101. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Glover, M., Wong, S. F., Fa'alili-Fidow, J., Derraik, J. G. B., Taylor, R. W., Morton, S. M. B., … Cutfield, W. S. (2019). Ranked importance of childhood obesity determinants: Parents' views across ethnicities in New Zealand. Nutrients, 11(9), 2145. doi: 10.3390/nu11092145

Glover, M., Wong, S. F., Taylor, R. W., Derraik, J. G. B., Fa'alili-Fidow, J., Morton, S. M., & Cutfield, W. S. (2019). The complexity of food provisioning decisions by Māori caregivers to ensure the happiness and health of their children. Nutrients, 11(5), 994. doi: 10.3390/nu11050994

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

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

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

Daniels, L., Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Fleming, E. A., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Haszard, J. J., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Impact of a modified version of baby-led weaning of iron intake and status: A randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 8(6), e019036. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019036

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

Leong, C., Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Fleming, E. A., Tannock, G. W., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., … Carter, H., … Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Relative validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire to assess nutrients and food groups of relevance to the gut microbiota in young children. Nutrients, 10(11), 1627. doi: 10.3390/nu10111627

Russell, C. G., Haszard, J. J., Taylor, R. W., Heath, A.-L. M., Taylor, B., & Campbell, K. J. (2018). Parental feeding practices associated with children's eating and weight: What are parents of toddlers and preschool children doing? Appetite, 128, 120-128. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.05.145

Williams Erickson, L., Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Fleming, E. A., Daniels, L., Morison, B. J., Leong, C., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Te Morenga, L., McLean, R. M., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Impact of a modified version of baby-led weaning on infant food and nutrient intakes: The BLISS randomized controlled trial. Nutrients, 10(6), 740. doi: 10.3390/nu10060740

de Bruin, W. E., Stayner, C., de Lange, M., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Who are the key players involved with shaping public opinion and policies on obesity and diabetes in New Zealand? Nutrients, 10(11), 1592. doi: 10.3390/nu10111592

Morison, B. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Haszard, J. J., Hein, K., Fleming, E. A., Daniels, L., Erickson, E. W., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Impact of a modified version of baby-led weaning on dietary variety and food preferences in infants. Nutrients, 10, 1092. doi: 10.3390/nu10081092

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

Dawson, A. M., Brown, D. A., Williams, S. M., Taylor, B. J., Ross, J., & Taylor, R. W. (2018). Parental reactions to weight screening in young children: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatric Obesity, 13(11), 639-646. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12195

Fu, X., Conlon, C. A., Haszard, J. J., Beck, K. L., von Hurst, P. R., Taylor, R. W., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Food fussiness and early feeding characteristics of infants following Baby-Led Weaning and traditional spoon-feeding in New Zealand: An internet survey. Appetite, 130, 110-116. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.07.033

Daniels, L., Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Samman, S., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Fleming, E. A., … Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Modified version of baby-led weaning does not result in lower zinc intake or status in infants: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 118(6), 1006-1016.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.02.005

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

Shackleton, N., Milne, B. J., Audas, R., Derraik, J. G. B., Zhu, T., Taylor, R. W., … Taylor, B. (2018). Improving rates of overweight, obesity and extreme obesity in New Zealand 4-year-old children in 2010-2016. Pediatric Obesity, 13(12), 766-777. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12260

Daniels, L., Williams, S. M., Gibson, R. S., Taylor, R. W., Samman, S., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Modifiable "predictors" of zinc status in toddlers. Nutrients, 10(3), 306. doi: 10.3390/nu10030306

Leong, C., Haszard, J. J., Lawley, B., Otal, A., Taylor, R. W., Szymlek-Gay, E. A., Fleming, E. A., Daniels, L., Fangupo, L. J., Tannock, G. W., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2018). Mediation analysis as a means of identifying dietary components that differentially affect the fecal microbiota of infants weaned by modified baby-led and traditional approaches. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 84(18), e00914-18. doi: 10.1128/aem.00914-18

Farmer, V. L., Williams, S. M., Mann, J. I., Schofield, G., McPhee, J. C., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). The effect of increasing risk and challenge in the school playground on physical activity and weight in children: A cluster randomised controlled trial (PLAY). International Journal of Obesity, 41, 793-800. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.41

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

Farmer, V. L., Williams, S. M., Mann, J. I., Schofield, G., McPhee, J. C., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Change of school playground environment on bullying: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 139(5), e20163072. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-3072

Howe, A. S., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Sayers, R., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Parenting style and family type, but not child temperament, are associated with television viewing time in children at two years of age. PLoS ONE, 12(12), e0188558. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188558

Galland, B. C., Gray, A. R., Penno, J., Smith, C., Lobb, C., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Gender differences in sleep hygiene practices and sleep quality in New Zealand adolescents aged 15 to 17 years. Sleep Health, 3(2), 77-83. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.02.001

McLay-Cooke, R. T., Gray, A. R., Jones, L. M., Taylor, R. W., Skidmore, P. M. L., & Brown, R. C. (2017). Prediction equations overestimate the energy requirements more for obesity-susceptible individuals. Nutrients, 9(9), 1012. doi: 10.3390/nu9091012

Jospe, M. R., Taylor, R. W., Athens, J., Roy, M., & Brown, R. C. (2017). Adherence to hunger training over 6 months and the effect on weight and eating behaviour: Secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial. Nutrients, 9(11), 1260. doi: 10.3390/nu9111260

Taylor, R. W., Iosua, E., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Lawrence, J. A., Hanna, M., Cameron, S. L., Sayers, R., & Galland, B. (2017). Eating frequency in relation to BMI in very young children: A longitudinal analysis. Public Health Nutrition, 20(8), 1372-1379. doi: 10.1017/S1368980017000143

Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S. L., Gray, A. R., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J. A., Newlands, A., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Anticipatory guidance to prevent infant sleep problems within a randomised controlled trial: Infant, maternal and partner outcomes at 6 months of age. BMJ Open, 7(5), e014908. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014908

Farmer, V. L., Fitzgerald, R. P., Williams, S. M., Mann, J. I., Schofield, G., McPhee, J. C., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). What did schools experience from participating in a randomised controlled study (PLAY) that prioritised risk and challenge in active play for children while at school? Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 17(3), 239-257. doi: 10.1080/14729679.2017.1286993

Taylor, B. J., Gray, A. R., Galland, B. C., Heath, A.-L. M., Lawrence, J., Sayers, R. M., Cameron, S., Hanna, M., Dale, K., Coppell, K. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2017). Targeting sleep, food, and activity in infants for obesity prevention: An RCT. Pediatrics, 139(3), e20162037. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-2037

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Fangupo, L. J., Wheeler, B. J., Taylor, B. J., Daniels, L., Fleming, E. A., McArthur, J., Morison, B., Williams Erickson, L., Davies, R. S., Bacchus, S., Cameron, S. L., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2017). Effect of a baby-led approach to complementary feeding on infant growth and overweight: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 171(9), 838-846. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1284

Morison, B. J., Taylor, R. W., Haszard, J. J., Schramm, C. J., Williams Erickson, L., Fangupo, L. J., Fleming, E. A., … Heath, A.-L. M. (2016). How different are baby-led weaning and conventional complementary feeding? A cross-sectional study of infants aged 6-8 months. BMJ Open, 6(5), e010665. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010665

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

Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Erickson Williams, L. J., Morison, B. J., Fleming, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Wheeler, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). A baby-led approach to eating solids and risk of choking. Pediatrics, 138(4). doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-0772

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

Russell, C. G., Taki, S., Laws, R., Azadi, L., Campbell, K. J., Elliott, R., … Taylor, R., & Denney-Wilson, E. (2016). Effects of parent and child behaviours on overweight and obesity in infants and young children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Systematic review with narrative synthesis. BMC Public Health, 16, 151. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2801-y

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

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

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

Maddison, R., Marsh, S., Hinckson, E. A., Duncan, S., Mandic, S., Taylor, R., & Smith, M. (2016). Results from New Zealand's 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 13(11 Suppl. 2), S225-S230. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2016-0323

Cameron, S. L., Heath, A.-L. M., Gray, A. R., Churcher, B., Davies, R. S., Newlands, A., Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Lawrence, J. A., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Lactation consultant support from late pregnancy with an educational intervention at 4 months of age delays the introduction of complementary foods in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition, 145(7), 1481-1490. doi: 10.3945/jn.114.202689

Cameron, S. L., Taylor, R. W., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2015). Development and pilot testing of Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS: A version of Baby-Led Weaning modified to address concerns about iron deficiency, growth faltering and choking. BMC Pediatrics, 15, 99. doi: 10.1186/s12887-015-0422-8

Mills, V. C., Skidmore, P. M. L., Watson, E. O., Taylor, R. W., Fleming, E. A., & Heath, A.-L. M. (2015). Relative validity and reproducibility of a food frequency questionnaire for identifying the dietary patterns of toddlers in New Zealand. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 115(4), 551-558. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.09.016

Gendall, P., Hoek, J., Taylor, R., Mann, J., Krebs, J., & Parry-Strong, A. (2015). Should support for obesity interventions or perceptions of their perceived effectiveness shape policy? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 39(2), 172-176. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12319

Laws, R., Campbell, K. J., van der Pligt, P., Ball, K., Lynch, J., Russell, G., Taylor, R., & Denney-Wilson, E. (2015). Obesity prevention in early life: An opportunity to better support the role of Maternal and Child Health Nurses in Australia. BMC Nursing, 14, 26. doi: 10.1186/s12912-015-0077-7

Denney-Wilson, E., Laws, R., Russell, C. G., Ong, K.-L., Taki, S., Elliot, R., … Taylor, R., … Campbell, K. J. (2015). Preventing obesity in infants: The Growing healthy feasibility trial protocol. BMJ Open, 5(11), e009258. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009258

Jospe, M. R., Brown, R. C., Roy, M., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Adherence to hunger training using blood glucose monitoring: A feasibility study. Nutrition & Metabolism, 12, 22. doi: 10.1186/s12986-015-0017-2

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

Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A.-L. M., Williams, S. M., Somerville, M. R., Lawrence, J. A., Gray, A. R., Taylor, B. J., Mills, V. C., Watson, E. O., Galland, B. C., Sayers, R. M., Hanna, M. B., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Impact of an early-life intervention on the nutrition behaviors of 2-y-old children: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 102(3), 704-712. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.111823

Watson, E. O., Heath, A.-L. M., Taylor, R. W., Mills, V. C., Barris, A. C., & Skidmore, P. M. L. (2015). Relative validity and reproducibility of an FFQ to determine nutrient intakes of New Zealand toddlers aged 12-24 months. Public Health Nutrition, 18(18), 3265-3271. doi: 10.1017/S1368980015000841

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

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Dawson, A. M., Haszard, J. J., & Brown, D. A. (2015). Parental motivation to change body weight in young overweight children. Public Health Nutrition, 18(10), 1807-1814. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014002171

Haszard, J. J., Skidmore, P. M. L., Williams, S. M., & Taylor, R. W. (2015). Associations between parental feeding practices, problem food behaviours and dietary intake in New Zealand overweight children aged 4-8 years. Public Health Nutrition, 18(6), 1036-1043. doi: 10.1017/S1368980014001256

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

Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Farmer, V. L., & Taylor, B. J. (2015). The stability of sleep patterns in children 3 to 7 years of age. Journal of Pediatrics, 166(3), 697-702. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2014.11.014

Al-Sallami, H. S., Goulding, A., Grant, A., Taylor, R., Holford, N., & Duffull, S. B. (2015). Prediction of fat-free mass in children. Clinical Pharmacokinetics, 54(11), 1169-1178. doi: 10.1007/s40262-015-0277-z

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

Dawson, A. M., Taylor, R. W., Williams, S. M., Taylor, B. J., & Brown, D. A. (2014). Do parents recall and understand children's weight status information after BMI screening? A randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 4(7), e004481. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004481

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

Williams, S. M., Farmer, V. L., Taylor, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2014). Do more active children sleep more? A repeated cross-sectional analysis using accelerometry. PLoS ONE, 9(4), e93117. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093117

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