Professor John Reilly

Physical Activity for Health

Personal statement

I joined the University in 2011 as John Anderson Research Leader and Professor of Physical Activity & Public Health Science. I was formerly Professor of Paediatric Energy Metabolism at the University of Glasgow. My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents globally; the development and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence globally; global monitoring of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents. I am involved in a range of national and international Knowledge Exchange projects. Recent KE projects include • leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’ (www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk), • international executive committee of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (www.activehealthykids.org) • membership of the Science and Evidence Group for the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) https://www.who.int/end-childhood-obesity/en/ • membership of the WHO Guideline Development Group on Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep for the under 5’s https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/311664 • chair of the UK Health Departments physical activity guidelines update for the Under 5’s https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/physical-activity-guidelines I have over 300 peer-reviewed papers with an h index (October 2018) of 58 (Web of Science) and 74 (Google Scholar). Recent publications include the following: Longitudinal changes in moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity in children and adolescents: systematic review and meta-analysis. MA Farooq, AM Gibson, X Janssen, AR Hughes, M, A Martin, JJ Reilly. Obes Rev 2020; 21: e12953. Energy expenditure associated with posture transitions in pre-school children. KL Downing, X Janssen, DP Cliff, AD Okely, JJ Reilly. PLoS ONE 2019; 14 (4) e0215169 Non-linear association

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    has expertise in:

    • childhood obesity: aetiology; diagnosis; prevention; treatment; consequences
    • objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
    • longitudinal (birth cohort) studies, in particular with ALSPAC and GMS in the UK
    • systematic reviewing: evidence appraisal, and evidence - based guideline development
    • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in children and adolescents

Publications

Interventions to increase moderate-to-vigorous physical activity in elementary school physical education lessons : systematic review
Wong Lan S, Gibson Ann-Marie, Farooq Abdulaziz, Reilly John J
Journal of School Health Vol 91, pp. 836-845 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1111/josh.13070
Moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity and sedentary behaviour across childhood and adolescence, and their combined relationship with obesity risk : a multi-trajectory analysis
Farooq Abdulaziz, Basterfield Laura, Adamson Ashley J, Pearce Mark S, Hughes Adrienne R, Janssen Xanne, Wilson Mathew G, Reilly John J
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147421
Association between objectively determined physical activity levels and body composition in 6-8-year-old children from a black South African population : BC-IT study
Sedumedi Caroline M, Janssen Xanne, Reilly John J, Kruger Herculina S, Monyeki Makama Andries
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Vol 18 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126453
Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in underweight and obesity in 5-year-old children, 2011–2018 : a population-based, repeated cross-sectional study
Stewart Ryan, Reilly John J, Hughes Adrienne, Kelly Louise A, Conway David I, Young David, Sherriff Andrea
BMJ Open Vol 11 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-042023
Pre-school children's compliance with the WHO 24-hour movement behaviour guidelines : a systematic review of Sub-Saharan African studies
Nusurupia Jackline, Reilly John J, Janssen Xanne
African Journal of Physical Activity and Health Science Vol 26, pp. 345-359 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.37597/ajphes.2020.26.4.1
Healthy Habits Happy Homes Scotland (4HS) feasibility study : translation of a home-based early childhood obesity prevention intervention evaluated using RE-AIM framework
Gillespie Jenny, Hughes Adrienne R, Gibson Ann-Marie, Haines Jess, Taveras Elsie M, Stewart Laura, Reilly John J
Public Health in Practice Vol 1 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhip.2020.100026

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Teaching

I teach on the BSc Sport & Physical Activity degree, mainly in the Physical Activity & Health classes, and supervise students doing mini-research projects in 3rd year and larger research projects in 4th year. I aim to develop an MSc in Physical Activity & Health, from 2017-2018.

Research interests

My research work focuses on: interventions for the prevention of child and adolescent obesity worldwide; the consequences of obesity and low physical activity in children and adolescents (including impacts on academic attainment); the development  and consequences of sedentary behaviour during childhood and adolescence in low-middle income countries as well as high income countries.

 I am an editor of the journal ‘Pediatric Obesity’, and have over 200 peer-reviewed papers with an h index of 42.Recent publications include the following:

 Obesity impairs academic attainment in adolescence: findings from ALSPAC, a UK cohort. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Int J Obes, In press.

Associations between objectively measured physical activity and academic attainment in adolescents. J Booth, C Joinson, J Boyle, SD Leary, PD Tomporowski, AR Ness, JJ Reilly. Br J Sports Med 2014; 48:265-270.

Research priorities in child and adolescent physical activity and sedentary behaviour: a global perspective using a twin-panel Delphi Procedure. L Gillis, JJ Reilly et al. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2013;10: 112.

Professional activities

Active Healthy Kids Scotland (Event)
Member
2013
WHO Geneva Working Group (External organisation)
Member
2013
IAEA (Event)
Advisor
2012
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (Event)
Member
2012
Finnish Academy of Sciences (External organisation)
Member
2009
BMBF (External organisation)
Member
2009

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Projects

Movement behaviours (physical activity, screen time, and sleep) in early childhood in Malawi.
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Janssen, Xanne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 29-Jan-2024
Development and evaluation of active and outdoor play as a strategy for increasing physical activity of children.
Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator) Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2018
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
Prevention of obesity, diabetes and some cancers in early childhood: translation of the 'ToyBox' pre-school intervention to Scotland
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019
Active Healthy Kids Report Card
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator)
04-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2016
Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland : 3 year studentship for Kyla Booth
Reilly, John (Principal Investigator) Gibson, Ann-Marie (Co-investigator) Hughes, Adrienne (Co-investigator)
3 year studentship for Kyla Booth - Healthy Habits Happy Homes: Translation of an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention to Socio-economically Deprived Families in Scotland
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
Kirk, Alison (Principal Investigator) Reilly, John (Co-investigator)
Development and feasibility/pilot testing of an intervention to support active lifestyles in youth with Type 1 diabetes. The ActivPals programme
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2016

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Graham Hills Building

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