Dr Myles Young

Dr Myles Young

Post Doctoral Researcher

School of Education

Engaging men in weight loss

Dr Myles Young is committed to improving men’s physical and mental health through gender targeted and sustainable weight loss programs.

To say that many Australian men would feel uncomfortable in a weight loss program mostly filled with women is perhaps something of an understatement.

However, studies show that women vastly outnumber men in almost all weight loss trials. This is a big problem, as 70 per cent of men in Australia are overweight or obese and the average male body mass index increasing at twice the international average. Men are also less likely than women to take steps to manage their weight, even though they are more likely to be obese in every age group.

Add to that traditional masculine ideas where ‘bigger is better’, a glut of poor quality food, a more sedentary lifestyle, and the risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, depression and anxiety growing proportionate to one’s girth, and it easy to see why effective and engaging weight loss strategies for men are urgently required.

Enter Myles Young from The University of Newcastle's Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

SHED IT

Myles’ doctoral study continued a program of work on a weight loss program designed specifically for men, called Self-Help Exercise and Diet using Information Technology, or SHED-IT.

Before designing his own intervention, Myles’ conducted a systematic review which confirmed how little international research had been done on male weight loss programs.

“After conducting a range of weight loss studies here at Newcastle we found that few men were signing up to participate,” says Myles.

“So we decided that perhaps we can get men more involved if we designed a program specifically for them.”

The program was set up predominantly to be self-help, meaning participants didn't need to attend clinical consultations and group meetings.

Resource packs including pedometers and measuring tapes for scientifically tracking progress were a drawcard, as was the option of choosing from several apps and websites to record activity.

Logbooks and health information specifically targeted at men were also provided.

“To give the men autonomy, we didn’t force them to make any particular changes. We just gave them the pack which contained a suite of resources and strategies and left them to their own devices for three months”, Myles says.

THE KEY TO SUCCESS

To appeal specifically to men, SHED-IT aligned with a socio-cultural framework for designing targeted interventions. The program was targeted to men at the surface level, with relevant pictures and an engaging design, and at a deeper level, by ensuring the program matched men’s values and preferences.

So how does using a conceptual socio-cultural framework to design a health behaviour program for men manifest in real life?

An essential ingredient is humour.

“On the recruitment flyers, we had a big picture of a schooner, and it said we will show you how to lose weight without giving up beer,” Myles says laughing.

“And that was really effective, about 600 guys called me in the first week which was really exciting.”

“We also focused on the science behind the recommendations and communicated the health information in a frank and realistic way, which we know is valued by men.”

The program was also informed by Social Cognitive Theory as a framework for long-term behaviour change.

“When designing the program, we made sure all of the elements were theory- and evidence-based rather than giving men a lot of random strategies. This is particularly important when you are helping people change their behaviour in sustainable ways.”

“In Social Cognitive Theory, the most important variable to target is self-efficacy, or their belief that you have what it takes to achieve your goals,” Myles says.

“We also targeted the men’s beliefs about the benefits of weight loss, helped them set achievable goals, and provided education around the various social and environmental factors that were going to help, or hinder, their progress.”

RESULTS

At the end of the three months, SHED-IT participants had lost an average of 7.5 kilos. They had also increased their physical activity, improved their diets, and reduced a host of risk factors for heart disease including waist circumference and blood pressure.

Notably, the participants also reported flow-on benefits in a range of other areas including reductions in depressive symptoms and improvements to erectile function.

To measure long-term changes, the participants were followed up three years later.

“One of the most important aspects of SHED-IT was that it was about sustainable weight-loss and realistic lifestyle change,” says Myles.

“Although people usually regain about 50 per cent of their weight loss in the first year after they finish treatment, the SHED-IT men kept 60 per cent after three years, which was fantastic.”

After the program concluded, Myles also tested whether providing men with an additional weight loss maintenance program made a difference to weight regain.

“In essence, we found the additional support strategies that did not make a large difference which we were surprised about. However, both groups did exceptionally well compared to other programs in the literature.”

Myles expects that the long-term success of participants was related to the importance placed on sustainable change during the program.

“We tell participants that everything that you do to lose weight, you have to be prepared to do for the rest of your life. We give them to skills and knowledge needed to lose weight without giving up all the things they love. They just learn to factor them in.”

“Plan it, don't ban it.”

REAL WORLD IMPACT

It was whilst measuring reaction time to different stimuli for his honors project in fourth year psychology that Myles recognized his future academic path.

“It was my first taste of research and I loved it. But I knew I was looking for something with more of an immediate and real world impact,” Myles says.

A research assistant position became available under Professor Phil Morgan who was running the Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids project and Myles found his calling.

“From there I have just been getting more and more inspired and enthusiastic about men's health research.”

Diabetes Western Australia is currently rolling out the SHED-IT program, and into the future, Myles hopes it will be launched around the nation.

Meanwhile, Myles himself is keen to further explore the link between weight loss and mental health improvements in men.

He is also keen to collaborate with those looking to expand this area of study.

“We are quite far behind when it comes to looking at men's health in general, but especially men’s weight loss,” says Myles.

“So the more that we can inspire, educate and learn from others, the better.”

Dr Myles Young

Engaging men in weight loss

Dr Myles Young is committed to improving men’s health through gender targeted and sustainable weight loss programs.

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr. Young is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition and the School of Education. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Newcastle in May 2015. He also completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons 1A) at the University of Newcastle in 2009.

Dr. Young's research focuses on the development and testing of theory-based, gender-tailored weight loss and weight loss maintenance programs for men.

Research Expertise

Developing and testing gender-tailored, theory-based weight loss and weight loss maintenance interventions for men.

Examining the utility of psychology theories (e.g., Social Cognitive Theory) to explain and predict behaviours and other health outcomes

Conducting systematic reviews of weight loss, weight loss maintenance, physical activity and dietary interventions

Conducting randomised controlled trials of public health interventions.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Behaviour change
  • Health behaviour change
  • Men's health
  • Social cognitive theory
  • Weight loss
  • Weight loss maintenance

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified 35
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 25
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Post Doctoral Researcher University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2010 - 1/09/2014 Research Assistant University of Newcastle
Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition
Australia

Awards

Distinction

Year Award
2016 Commendation for higher degree research excellence 2015
The University of Newcastle, Australia

Recipient

Year Award
2013 Best RhD Student Publication (Faculty of Education and Arts)
University of Newcastle

Research Award

Year Award
2015 Greaves Family Early Career Support Grant
Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI)
2015 Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Hunter Medical Research Institute
2012 Barker Scholarship
Hunter Medical Research Institute
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Publications

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


Journal article (28 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Young MD, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, 'Efficacy of a Gender-Tailored Intervention to Prevent Weight Regain in Men over 3 Years: A Weight Loss Maintenance RCT', OBESITY, 25 56-65 (2017)
DOI 10.1002/oby.21696
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
2017 Morgan PJ, Young MD, Lloyd AB, Wang ML, Eather N, Miller A, et al., 'Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review.', Pediatrics, 139 (2017)
DOI 10.1542/peds.2016-2635
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Andrew Miller, Narelle Eather, Alyce Barnes, Adam Lloyd, Philip Morgan
2017 Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Callister R, 'Process Evaluation of the Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus PULSE Program Randomized Controlled Trial: Recruitment, Engagement, and Overall Satisfaction.', Am J Mens Health, 1557988317701783 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1557988317701783
Co-authors Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins
2016 Morgan PJ, Jones RA, Collins CE, Hesketh KD, Young MD, Burrows TL, et al., 'Practicalities and Research Considerations for Conducting Childhood Obesity Prevention Interventions with Families', CHILDREN-BASEL, 3 (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/children3040024
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Philip Morgan
2016 Young MD, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, 'EFFICACY OF A GENDER-TAILORED INTERVENTION TO PREVENT WEIGHT REGAIN IN MEN OVER THREE YEARS: A WEIGHT LOSS MAINTENANCE RCT', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 23 S67-S68 (2016)
Co-authors Robin Callister, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff
2016 Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Callister R, 'Reductions In Diabetes And Cardiovascular Risk Following An Exercise And Diet Intervention For Diabetes Prevention: 2120 Board #272 June 2, 3: 30 PM - 5: 00 PM.', Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 48 597 (2016)
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff
2016 Young MD, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Callister R, Morgan PJ, 'A test of social cognitive theory to explain men¿s physical activity during a gender-tailored weight loss program', American Journal of Men's Health, 10 N176-N187 (2016) [C1]

© The Author(s) 2015.Physical inactivity is a leading contributor to the burden of disease in men. Social¿cognitive theories may improve physical activity (PA) interventions by ... [more]

© The Author(s) 2015.Physical inactivity is a leading contributor to the burden of disease in men. Social¿cognitive theories may improve physical activity (PA) interventions by identifying which variables to target to maximize intervention impact. This study tested the utility of Bandura¿s social cognitive theory (SCT) to explain men¿s PA during a 3-month weight loss program. Participants were 204 overweight/obese men (M [SD] age = 46.6 [11.3] years; body mass index = 33.1 [3.5] kg/m2). A longitudinal, latent variable structural equation model tested the associations between SCT constructs (i.e., self-efficacy, outcome expectations, intention, and social support) and self-reported moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) and examined the total PA variance explained by SCT. After controlling for Time 1 cognitions and behavior, the model fit the data well (¿2= 73.9, degrees of freedom = 39, p < .001; normed ¿2= 1.9; comparative fit index = 0.96; standardized root mean residual = 0.059) and explained 65% of the variance in MVPA at Time 2. At Time 2, self-efficacy demonstrated the largest direct and total effects on MVPA (ßdirect= .45, p < .001; ßtotal= .67, p = .002). A small-to-medium effect was observed from intention to MVPA, but not from outcome expectations or social support. This study provides some evidence supporting the tenets of SCT when examining PA behavior in overweight and obese men. Future PA and weight loss interventions for men may benefit by targeting self-efficacy and intention, but the utility of targeting social support and outcome expectations requires further examination.

DOI 10.1177/1557988315600063
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
2016 Morgan PJ, Young MD, Smith JJ, Lubans DR, 'Targeted Health Behavior Interventions Promoting Physical Activity: A Conceptual Model', Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 44 71-80 (2016) [C1]

This article presents a conceptual model illustrating a targeted approach to the design and delivery of health behavior interventions that focus on physical activity promotion. We... [more]

This article presents a conceptual model illustrating a targeted approach to the design and delivery of health behavior interventions that focus on physical activity promotion. We hypothesize that researchers who i) enhance the sociocultural relevance of their core intervention components and ii) recognize the unique contributions of both intervention design and delivery will experience greater intervention engagement and improved outcomes.

DOI 10.1249/JES.0000000000000075
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Jordan Smith, David Lubans, Philip Morgan
2016 Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Callister R, 'Efficacy of the Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Using LifeStyle Education Program RCT', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 50 353-364 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Introduction Self-administered lifestyle interventions have been suggested as an alternative to face-to-face delivery modes, althou... [more]

© 2016 American Journal of Preventive Medicine.Introduction Self-administered lifestyle interventions have been suggested as an alternative to face-to-face delivery modes, although their efficacy remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the Type 2 diabetes mellitus Prevention Using LifeStyle Education (PULSE) Program, a self-administered and gender-tailored lifestyle intervention for men at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Design/setting A 6-month, assessor-blinded, parallel-group RCT was conducted at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2012-2013. Participants Men (aged 18-65 years, BMI 25-40 kg/m2, high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus) were stratified by age (<50 and >50 years) and BMI category (25.0-29.9, 30.0-35.9, and 35.0-40 kg/m2) and individually randomized (1:1 ratio) to the intervention (n=53) or waitlist control groups (n=48). Intervention The intervention group received the PULSE Program, which contained print and video resources on weight loss (Self-Help, Exercise and Diet using Internet Technology [SHED-IT] Weight Loss Program), diet modification, and exercise for Type 2 diabetes mellitus prevention. The waitlist control group received no information until 6 months. Main outcome measures Data were collected from September 2012 to September 2013 and analyzed in 2014-2015. Linear mixed models (intention-to-treat) were used to determine group X time interactions (differences between groups in changes over time) at 6 months for the primary outcome (weight), glycated hemoglobin, and several secondary outcomes (significance level, p<0.05). Results Differences between groups in mean changes from baseline to 6 months (group × time interaction) favored the intervention over control group for weight loss (-5.50 kg, 95% CI=-7.40 kg, -3.61 kg, p<0.001, Cohen's d=1.15), glycated hemoglobin (-0.2%, 95% CI=-0.3%, -0.1%, p=0.002, d=0.64), and BMI, waist circumference, body fat percentage, aerobic fitness, and lower body muscular fitness (all p<0.05). No group × time effects were observed for fasting plasma glucose, upper body muscular fitness, physical activity, or energy intake. Conclusions The PULSE Program improved several Type 2 diabetes mellitus risk factors in men, including weight and glycated hemoglobin. These findings provide evidence for a self-administered and gender-tailored lifestyle intervention, which has potential for dissemination in community settings.

DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.08.020
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Robin Callister
2016 Morgan PJ, Hollis JL, Young MD, Collins CE, Teixeira PJ, 'Workday Sitting Time and Marital Status: Novel Pretreatment Predictors of Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Men.', American journal of men's health, (2016)
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Jenna Hollis
2015 Young MD, Lubans DR, Collins CE, Callister R, Plotnikoff RC, Morgan PJ, 'Behavioral Mediators of Weight Loss in the SHED-IT Community Randomized Controlled Trial for Overweight and Obese Men', Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49 286-292 (2015) [C1]

© 2014, The Society of Behavioral Medicine.Background: Little is known about which behavioral strategies are most important to target in weight loss interventions for men. Purpos... [more]

© 2014, The Society of Behavioral Medicine.Background: Little is known about which behavioral strategies are most important to target in weight loss interventions for men. Purpose: The aim of the current study was to identify behavioral mediators of weight loss in the male-only Self-Help, Exercise, and Diet using Information Technology (SHED-IT) community weight loss study. Methods: A randomized controlled trial with 159 overweight/obese men [mean (SD) age = 47.5 (11.0) years; body mass index = 32.7 (3.5) kg/m2] assessed at baseline, 3¿months (post-test) and 6¿months (follow-up). Results: In an intention-to-treat, multiple-mediator model, the significant intervention effect on weight at 6¿months (-3.70¿kg; p < 0.001) was mediated by increases in physical activity (steps/day) and decreases in takeaway meals (kJ/day) and portion size at 3¿months. The largest mediation effect was for physical activity (-0.6¿kg; 95¿% confidence interval -1.4, -0.1). Overall, the targeted mediators accounted for 47.0¿% of the intervention¿s effect on weight. Conclusion: Step counts, takeaway food consumption, and portion sizes may be key areas to target in future weight loss programs for men (ACTRN12610000699066).

DOI 10.1007/s12160-014-9657-0
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister, David Lubans, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2015 Young MD, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Callister R, Morgan PJ, 'Impact of a male-only weight loss maintenance programme on social-cognitive determinants of physical activity and healthy eating: A randomized controlled trial.', Br J Health Psychol, 20 724-744 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/bjhp.12137
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2015 Ashton LM, Morgan PJ, Hutchesson MJ, Rollo ME, Young MD, Collins CE, 'A systematic review of SNAPO (Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical activity and Obesity) randomized controlled trials in young adult men', Preventive Medicine, 81 221-231 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Objectives: To investigate the effectiveness of Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical activity and Obesity (SNAPO) interventions in young men exclusively. The... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc.Objectives: To investigate the effectiveness of Smoking, Nutrition, Alcohol, Physical activity and Obesity (SNAPO) interventions in young men exclusively. The secondary aim was to evaluate the recruitment, retention and engagement strategies. Methods: A search with no date restrictions was conducted across seven databases. Randomized controlled trials recruiting young men only (aged 18-35. years) into interventions targeting any SNAPO risk factors were included. Results: Ten studies were included (two nutrition, six alcohol use, two targeting multiple SNAPO risk factors). Six studies (two nutrition, three alcohol use and one targeting multiple SNAPO risk factors) demonstrated significant positive short-term intervention effects, but impact was either not assessed beyond the intervention (n = 3), had short-term follow-up (= 6 months) (n = 2) or not sustained beyond six months (n = 1). Overall, a high risk of bias was identified across studies. Only one study undertook a power calculation and recruited the required sample size. Adequate retention was achieved in three studies. Effectiveness of engagement strategies was not reported in any studies. Conclusions: Despite preliminary evidence of short-term effectiveness of SNAPO interventions in young men, few studies characterized by a high risk of bias were identified. High quality SNAPO interventions for young men are warranted.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.09.005
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Clare Collins, Lee Ashton, Philip Morgan, Melinda Hutchesson, Megan Rollo
2015 Riley N, Lubans DR, Morgan PJ, Young M, 'Outcomes and process evaluation of a programme integrating physical activity into the primary school mathematics curriculum: The EASY Minds pilot randomised controlled trial', JOURNAL OF SCIENCE AND MEDICINE IN SPORT, 18 656-661 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2014.09.005
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Nicholas Riley, David Lubans, Philip Morgan
2014 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows T, Fletcher R, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community randomized controlled trial: A community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', Preventive Medicine, 61 90-99 (2014) [C1]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-arm randomi... [more]

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK)' program when delivered by trained facilitators in community settings. Method: A two-arm randomized controlled trial of 93 overweight/obese fathers (mean [SD] age=40.3 [5.3] years; BMI=32.5 [3.8] kg/m2) and their primary school-aged children (n=132) from the Hunter Region, Australia. In 2010-2011, families were randomized to either: (i) HDHK intervention (n=48 fathers, n=72 children) or (ii) wait-list control group. The 7-week intervention included seven sessions and resources (booklets, pedometers). Assessments were held at baseline and 14-weeks with fathers' weight (kg) as the primary outcome. Secondary outcomes for fathers and children included waist, BMI, blood pressure, resting heart rate, physical activity (pedometry), and self-reported dietary intake and sedentary behaviors. Results: Linear mixed models (intention-to-treat) revealed significant between-group differences for fathers' weight (P < .001, d= 0.24), with HDHK fathers losing more weight (- 3.3. kg; 95%CI, - 4.3, - 2.4) than control fathers (0.1. kg; 95%CI, - 0.9,1.0). Significant treatment effects (P < .05) were also found for fathers' waist (d= 0.41), BMI (d= 0.26), resting heart rate (d= 0.59), energy intake (d= 0.49) and physical activity (d= 0.46) and for children's physical activity (d= 0.50) and adiposity (d= 0.07). Discussion: HDHK significantly improved health outcomes and behaviors in fathers and children, providing evidence for program effectiveness when delivered in a community setting. © 2014 Published by Elsevier Inc.

DOI 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.12.019
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 25
Co-authors Adam Lloyd, Clare Collins, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, David Lubans, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Ron Plotnikoff, Alyce Barnes
2014 Hollis JL, Williams LT, Young MD, Pollard KT, Collins CE, Morgan PJ, 'Compliance to step count and vegetable serve recommendations mediates weight gain prevention in mid-age, premenopausal women. Findings of the 40-Something RCT.', Appetite, 83 33-41 (2014) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Jenna Hollis, Lauren Williams, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins
2014 Young MD, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Callister R, Morgan PJ, 'Social cognitive theory and physical activity: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Obesity Reviews, 15 983-995 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).This review investigated three research questions (i) What is the utility of social cognitive theory (SCT) to exp... [more]

© 2014 International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).This review investigated three research questions (i) What is the utility of social cognitive theory (SCT) to explain physical activity (PA)?; (ii) Is the effectiveness of SCT moderated by sample or methodological characteristics? and (iii) What is the frequency of significant associations between the core SCT constructs and PA? Ten electronic databases were searched with no date or sample restrictions. Forty-four studies were retrieved containing 55 SCT models of PA. Methodological quality was assessed using a standardized tool. A random-effects meta-analysis revealed that SCT accounted for 31% of the variance in PA. However, methodological quality was mostly poor for these models. Methodological quality and sample age moderated the PA effect size, with increases in both associated with greater variance explained. Although self-efficacy and goals were consistently associated with PA, outcome expectations and socio-structural factors were not. This review determined that SCT is a useful framework to explain PA behaviour. Higher quality models explained more PA variance, but overall methodological quality was poor. As such, high-quality studies examining the utility of SCT to explain PA are warranted.

DOI 10.1111/obr.12225
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
2014 Morgan PJ, Scott HA, Young MD, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Callister R, 'Associations between program outcomes and adherence to Social Cognitive Theory tasks: process evaluation of the SHED-IT community weight loss trial for men', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 11 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12966-014-0089-9
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Robin Callister, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Hayley Scott
2014 Young MD, Collins CE, Callister R, Plotnikoff RC, Doran CM, Morgan PJ, 'The SHED-IT Weight Loss Maintenance trial protocol: A randomised controlled trial of a weight loss maintenance program for overweight and obese men', CONTEMPORARY CLINICAL TRIALS, 37 84-97 (2014) [C3]
DOI 10.1016/j.cct.2013.11.004
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan
2014 Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Callister R, 'The PULSE (Prevention Using LifeStyle Education) trial protocol: a randomised controlled trial of a Type 2 Diabetes Prevention programme for men.', Contemporary clinical trials, 39 132-144 (2014) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Robin Callister, Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff
2014 Blomfield RL, Collins CE, Hutchesson MJ, Young MD, Jensen ME, Callister R, Morgan PJ, 'Impact of self-help weight loss resources with or without online support on the dietary intake of overweight and obese men: The SHED-IT randomised controlled trial', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 8 e476-e487 (2014) [C1]

©2013 Asian Oceanian Association for the Study of Obesity. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.Background: Obese men are more likely to have poor dietary patterns comp... [more]

©2013 Asian Oceanian Association for the Study of Obesity. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.Background: Obese men are more likely to have poor dietary patterns compared to women, increasing diet-related chronic disease risk. The impact of a male-only weight loss intervention on dietary intakes is under-evaluated. The aim was to deter-mine whether overweight/obese men randomised to self-help paper-based resources with or without online support, achieved greater improvements in diet compared with Wait-list controls at 3 and 6 months following a gender tailored weight-loss intervention.Methods: Dietary intake was assessed using a 120-item semi-quantitative food fre-quency questionnaire (FFQ), in a secondary analysis of a three-arm weight lossRCT grounded in Social Cognitive Theory; (1) Resources: gender-tailored weight lossresources (DVD, handbooks, pedometer, tape measure); (2) Online: resources pluswebsite and efeedback, (3) Wait-list control.Results: Energy, total fat, saturated fat, and carbohydrate intakes decreased in theonline group, which differed significantly from controls at 3- and 6-month follow-up(P <0.05). There was a significant reduction in energy, fat and carbohydrate intakesin the Resource group at 3 and 6 months, but no difference from controls (P>0.05).In the online group there was an increase in %energy from core foods and decreasein %energy from energy-dense nutrient-poor foods (P<0.05) that was significantlydifferent compared to controls at 3 and 6 months (P<0.05).Conclusion: Results suggest that men randomised to the SHED-IT intervention armswere able to implement key dietary messages up to 6 months compared to con-trols. Future interventions should include targeted and gender-tailored messages asa strategy to improve mens dietary intake within weight loss interventions.© 2013 Asian Oceanian Association for the Study of Obesity.

DOI 10.1016/j.orcp.2013.09.004
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Melinda Hutchesson, Philip Morgan, Megan Jensen
2013 Collins CE, Burrows TL, Bray J, Asher R, Young MD, Morgan PJ, 'Effectiveness of parent-centred interventions for the prevention and treatment of childhood overweight and obesity in community settings: a systematic review', The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11 180-257 (2013) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
2013 Collins CE, Neve MJ, Morgan PJ, Fletcher K, Williams R, Young M, Callister R, 'Effectiveness of interventions with a dietary component on weight loss maintenance: A systematic review', The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews & Implementation Reports, 11 317-414 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.11124/jbisrir-2013-708
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister
2013 Morgan PJ, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Berry N, et al., 'The SHED-IT Community Trial: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Internet- and Paper-Based Weight Loss Programs Tailored for Overweight and Obese Men', ANNALS OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE, 45 139-152 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s12160-012-9424-z
Citations Scopus - 41Web of Science - 41
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Patrick Mcelduff, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister
2013 Collins CE, Jensen ME, Young MD, Callister R, Plotnikoff RC, Morgan PJ, 'Improvement in erectile function following weight loss in obese men: The SHED-IT randomized controlled trial', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, 7 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.orcp.2013.07.004
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Robin Callister, Megan Jensen, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
2012 Young MD, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Effectiveness of male-only weight loss and weight loss maintenance interventions: A systematic review with meta-analysis', Obesity Reviews, 13 393-408 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 46Web of Science - 43
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
2011 Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows TL, Fletcher R, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community effectiveness trial: Study protocol of a community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', BMC Public Health, 11 876 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-876
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12
Co-authors Adam Lloyd, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Ron Plotnikoff, David Lubans, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Richard Fletcher, Clare Collins
2010 Morgan PJ, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, McElduff P, Burrows TL, Warren JM, et al., 'The SHED-IT community trial study protocol: A randomised controlled trial of weight loss programs for overweight and obese men', BMC Public Health, 10 1-11 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-10-701
Citations Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Patrick Mcelduff, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Young MD, Plotnikoff R, Collins C, Callister R, Morgan P, 'A test of social cognitive theory to explain physical activity changes in a weight loss program for men' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan
2015 Morgan PJ, Lloyd A, Barnes A, Young M, Miller A, Lubans D, et al., 'Engaging fathers to improve family physical and mental health: the impact of the 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community program' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Alyce Barnes, Adam Lloyd, Andrew Miller, David Lubans
2015 Collins, Aguiar E, Morgan P, Plotnikoff R, Young M, Callister R, 'Improvements in diet, fitness and weight in men following the PULSE type 2 diabetes mellitus prevention program; arandomised controlled trial' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Clare Collins, Robin Callister, Philip Morgan
2013 Ashton L, Rollo M, Hutchesson M, Young MD, Morgan P, Callister R, et al., 'A comparison of outcomes of young and old adult males in the SHED-IT weight loss program for men', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Melinda Hutchesson, Clare Collins, Lee Ashton, Megan Rollo, Ron Plotnikoff, Robin Callister, Philip Morgan
2013 Collins CE, Jensen MJ, Young MD, Callister R, Plotnikoff RC, Morgan PJ, 'Erectile function improves in obese men following weight loss during the SHED-IT randomised controlled trial', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Clare Collins, Megan Jensen, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
2012 Young MD, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Collins CE, Callister R, 'Relationship between physical activity outcomes and adherence to paper-based social cognitive tasks in a weight loss program for men', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister
2012 Saunders KL, Morgan PJ, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, et al., 'Insights into engaging men in weight loss: Process evaluation of the SHED-IT RCT of gender-sensitised weight loss programs for overweight men', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Tracy Burrows, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff, Patrick Mcelduff, Philip Morgan
2012 Morgan PJ, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Berry NJ, et al., 'Physical activity outcomes from the SHED-IT RCT: An evaluation of theoretically-based, gender-sensitised weight loss programs for men', Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Clare Collins, Ron Plotnikoff, Patrick Mcelduff, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows
2012 Morgan PJ, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Young MD, Berry NJ, et al., 'The SHED-IT Community Trial: A randomised controlled trial of Internet- and paper-based weight loss programs tailored for overweight and obese men', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Robin Callister, Patrick Mcelduff, Philip Morgan, Tracy Burrows, Clare Collins
2012 Young MD, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Collins CE, 'Effectiveness of male-only weight loss and weight loss maintenance interventions: A systematic review with meta-analysis', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Robin Callister, Ron Plotnikoff
2011 Miller AD, Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Okely AD, et al., 'Effective strategies for the recruitment of overweight men and their children into a community trial: The Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids recruitment story', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Adam Lloyd, Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, David Lubans, Alyce Barnes, Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan, Andrew Miller, Clare Collins
2011 Young MD, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, 'Development of a male-only weight loss maintenance program: Evaluating the SHED-IT Weight Loss Maintenance program materials for quality, suitability and theoretical merit', Obesity Research & Clinical Practice (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
2011 Young MD, Morgan PJ, Plotnikoff RC, 'The SHED-IT Weight Loss Maintenance study: Development of a theory-based weight loss maintenance intervention exclusively targeting men', 2011 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) eProceedings (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Ron Plotnikoff, Philip Morgan
2010 Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Callister R, Fletcher R, Burrows TL, Collins CE, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community program: Promoting family health through sustainable school and community partnerships', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Robin Callister, Tracy Burrows, David Lubans, Clare Collins, Philip Morgan, Ron Plotnikoff
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $854,503

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20173 grants / $429,460

Embedding the DADEE Program in local communities: Sustainability through innovative partnerships$379,459

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Myles Young, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Mrs Emma Pollock
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700702
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Adapting and Assessing the Feasibility of "Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' for US Latinos$30,001

Funding body: NIH National Institutes of Health

Funding body NIH National Institutes of Health
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Myles Young, Professor Clare Collins, Professor David Lubans, Assistant Prof Teresa OConnor, Professor Tom Baranowski
Scheme NHLBI Clinical Trials Pilot Studies (R34)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1700547
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads: A healthy-lifestyle program targeting fathers and their preschool-aged children$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Doctor Myles Young, Professor Clare Collins, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Miss Emma Pollock
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700700
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20161 grants / $57,230

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids UK: a cultural adaptation and feasibility study of a weight management programme for fathers of younger children$57,230

Funding body: National Institute for Health Research

Funding body National Institute for Health Research
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor Clare Collins, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Myles Young, Professor Kate Jolly, Professor Peymane Adab, Ms Andrea Roalfe, Ms Adrienne Burgess, Dr Emma Frew, Dr Amanda Daley, Dr Manbinder Sidhu, Dr Laura Jones, Dr Miranda Pallan
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600394
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON Y

20152 grants / $40,000

Greaves Family Early Career Support Grants$30,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan
Scheme Greaves Family Early Career Support Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501453
Type Of Funding Contract - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFC
UON Y

Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant$10,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Doctor Myles Young, Professor Philip Morgan
Scheme Jennie Thomas Medical Research Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500657
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20141 grants / $327,813

Engaging dads and daughters to increase physical activity and social and emotional well-being in pre-adolescent girls: The DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) program$327,813

Funding body: Port Waratah Coal Services Limited

Funding body Port Waratah Coal Services Limited
Project Team Professor Philip Morgan, Professor David Lubans, Doctor Alyce Barnes, Doctor Narelle Eather, Doctor Myles Young
Scheme Community Investment and Partnership Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1401411
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Embedding the DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) Program in Local Communities: Sustainability Through Innovative Partnerships PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Thinking While Moving: Enhancing the Evidence for Movement-Based Learning in Schools. PhD (Education), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Professor Phil Morgan

Fathers often overlooked in children’s obesity prevention programs

February 1, 2017

Study finds dads often absent from studies that test best ways to treat obesity in children.

SHED-IT

Obese men SHED-IT

October 17, 2013

An internationally-recognised University of Newcastle weight loss program tailored specifically for men has produced a benefit that is likely to be a powerful motivator to shed the excess kilos – improved erectile function.

Dr Myles Young

Position

Post Doctoral Researcher
Priority Research Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Contact Details

Email myles.young@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6096

Office

Room ATC301
Building Advanced Technology Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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