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Is physical activity enough to offset the effects of deprivation on children’s health?

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Children living in the most socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods are at greatest risk of poor health including obesity, yet they have been shown to be the most physically active. Evidence suggests that social inequalities in child obesity are widening in England and opportunities for out-of-school physical activity are becoming more exclusive. Dr Rob Noonan will share his experiences and reflections and discuss some overlooked areas in the public health literature. He will outline some of the current challenges that require tackling to foster more equitable environments for physical activity and child health.

Dr Rob Noonan, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Children’s Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, UK. His research focuses on the role of physical activity in children’s health with a specific focus on environmental influences and health inequalities.


His PhD was awarded the Professor Tom Reilly Doctoral Dissertation of the Year Award in 2018 and he has authored several journal articles on topics related to these areas.