Britt Wang Jensen


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Britt Wang Jensen is a postdoc at the Center for Clinical Research and Disease Prevention in the research group "Life Course Epidemiology of Growth and Health" led by Jennifer L Baker. She has a Master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Southern Denmark. The main focus of Britt's research is on causes and consequences of childhood obesity. During her PhD she examined associations between sweet drink intake and childhood obesity in longitudinal studies of Danish and Australian children. She furthermore examined the possibility of influencing children's dietary intake via a school-based intervention. Since then Britt's research has focused on whether child body size affects the risk of diseases later in life including colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes. Also, she has examined how changes in body size from childhood to adulthood affect the later risk of these diseases.

Awards

2017 The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) Travel Grant 

2018 The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) Poster award

Selected publications

1) Jensen BW, Nichols M, Allender S, de Silva-Sanigorski A, Millar L, Kremer P, Lacy K, Swinburn B. Inconsistent associations between sweet drink intake and 2-year change in BMI among Victorian children and adolescents. Pediatr Obes, 2013; 8:271-83.

2) Jensen BW, von Kappelgaard LM, Nielsen BM, Husby I, Bugge A, El-Naaman B, Andersen LB, Trolle E, Heitmann BL. Intervention effects on dietary intake among children by maternal education level: results of the Copenhagen School Child Intervention Study (CoSCIS). Br J Nutr, 2015; 113:963-74.

3) Jensen BW, Gamborg M, Gogenur I, Renehan AG, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. Childhood body mass index and height in relation to site-specific risks of colorectal cancers in adult life. Eur J Epidemiol 2017; 32(12):1097-1106

4) Bjerregaard L, Jensen BW, ,Ängquist L, Osler M, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. Change in overweight from childhood to early adulthood and type 2 diabetes. N Engl J Med 2018; 378:1302-12.

5) Jensen BW, Bjerregaard L, Ängquist L, Gogenur I, Renehan AG, Osler M, Sørensen TIA, Baker JL. Change in weight status from childhood to early adulthood and late adulthood risk of colon cancer in men. Int J Obes 2018; 42(10):1787-1803.

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