Ms Hannah Brown

Ms Hannah Brown

Research student

Career Summary

Biography

Hannah May Brown is a PhD candidate from the University of Newcastle and an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Hannah graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2015 and has two published articles related to portion size in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Hannah’s PhD is focused on improving the dietary knowledge and skills of pregnant women, with a focus on carbohydrate portion and serving sizes, to improve diet quality and health outcomes of both mother and child. Hannah's PhD work also involves the assessment of portion size tools, including food labels and augmented reality, on improving knowledge and portion size selection. Hannah also works as a Research Assistant in the Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition (PRCPAN).



Keywords

  • Dietetics
  • Food
  • Food labels
  • Health
  • Nutrition
  • Portion size
  • Pregnancy

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016 Research Assistant Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition - The University of Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Scholarship

Year Award
2017 The Neville Eric Sansom Top-Up Scholarship
The Neville Eric Sansom Top-Up Scholarship
2015 Post-Graduate Research Scholarship
The Faculty of Health Science / The University of Newcastle / Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Brown HM, De Vlieger N, Collins C, Bucher T, 'The influence of front-of-pack nutrition information on consumers' portion size perceptions', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 28 144-147 (2017) [C1]

Issue addressed Portion size guidance strategies have been suggested as an important component of weight management; therefore, the Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labels c... [more]

Issue addressed Portion size guidance strategies have been suggested as an important component of weight management; therefore, the Health Star Rating (HSR) front-of-pack labels could influence consumers' portion-size decisions. However, this has not been investigated to date. This study aims to evaluate whether presenting energy content information and HSRs influences portion size self-selection of specific foods and meals. Methods Adults were randomly assigned to one of three experimental groups in this randomised controlled experiment. Each participant was given either a kJ/100g food label or a HSR label, or was given no information on nutrient composition. They were then asked to serve themselves an adequate portion of breakfast cereal (Kellogg's Nutri-Grain), fruit salad and chocolate, plus a three-component meal (chicken, fries and mixed vegetables). Portion serves and meal weights were compared between each experimental group using ANOVA and the discretionary foods were also compared with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE). Results Neither the kilojoule nor HSR information influenced the self-served portion size of foods or meal components. Mean self-served portion size of the discretionary foods were significantly greater than the standard serving sizes as specified in the AGHE. Conclusion Although food labels have the potential to assist consumers in making product choices, this study indicates that presenting nutrition information does not affect portion size decisions in young adults. So what? Strategies that assist consumers to choose appropriate portion sizes should be developed as a weight management tool.

DOI 10.1071/HE16011
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tamara Bucher, Nienke Devlieger Uon
2016 Bucher T, Rollo ME, Smith SP, Dean M, Brown H, Sun M, Collins C, 'Position paper on the need for portion-size education and a standardised unit of measurement', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/HE15137
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Clare Collins, Shamus Smith, Megan Rollo, Tamara Bucher
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News

Hannah Brown

New app-roach to carbs for pregnant women

June 29, 2017

A University of Newcastle nutrition study is aiming to help pregnant women beat confusion related to how much carbohydrate they should eat.

Ms Hannah Brown

Contact Details

Email hannah.m.brown@uon.edu.au
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