Dr Simon Williams

Dr Simon Williams (PhD, FHEA), lectures in exercise physiology, epidemiology and public health in the School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education. Simon’s research interests have focused on the epidemiology of obesity and physical activity, in particular the metabolic and vascular disturbances associated with visceral adipose tissue and the effects of exercise training, the association of cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity and metabolic syndrome in children and the identification of barriers to physical activity in socially disadvantaged people. Simon was a co-investigator on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded clinical trial examining the effect of a behavioural intervention on weight loss maintenance in adults and was co-founder of the Active Healthy Kids (Wales) report card. Simon is currently investigating the effect of a dietary intervention in patients with non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD) with colleagues in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. In addition, Simon also works as a Project Manager in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Adult Weight Management Service and as a tutor for the on-line MSc Obesity and Weight Management.

Edwards L et al. Results from Wales’ 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. https://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/full/10.1123/jpah.2018-0544.

Stratton G, Edwards L, Tyler R, Blain D, Bryant A, et al.(2018). Active Healthy Kids Wales 2018 Report Card http://www.activehealthykidswales.com/media/reports/AHK-Wales_Report_Card_2018.pdf.

Tyler, R., Williams, S., Stratton, G et al. Results from Wales’ 2016 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth: Is Wales Turning the Tide on Children’s Inactivity? Journal of Physical Activity and Health 13 (Suppl 2): S330-336; 2016

Stratton G, Cox R, Mannello M, Mattingley R, Robert C, Sage R, Taylor S, Williams S, Tyler R. (2016). Active Healthy Kids Wales 2016 Report Card.

Simpson, S., Williams, S. et alA feasibility randomised controlled trial of a motivational interviewing intervention for weight loss maintenance in adults.NIHR Journals Library, Health Technology Assessment, Volume 19, Issue 50, July 2015.

Stratton, G., Williams, S. et al. Healthy Active Kids Report Card (Wales). September 2014.http://www.swansea.ac.uk/activehealthykidswales/.

Sabin M, De Hora M, Holly J, Hunt L, Ford A, Williams S, Baker J, Retallick C, Crowne E and Shield J. Fasting non-esterified fatty acid profiles in childhood and their relationship with adiposity, insulin sensitivity and lipids. Pediatrics (2007)120:6; 1426-1433.

Taylor J, Williams S, Rhys R, James P, Frenneaux M. Conjugated Linoleic Acid Impairs Endothelial Function. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology26: 1-6; 2006.

Simon Williams. Active Lives: Physical Activity in Disadvantaged Communities. Full Report. Bevan Foundation Policy Paper no. 9. ISBN 1-094767-18-4. The Bevan Foundation, Tredegar, July 2006.

Simon Williams and Rhys Williams. Obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus and the metabolic syndrome: What are the choices for prevention in the twenty-first century? In, McNammee, M (Ed). Philosophy and the Sciences of Exercise, Health and Sport. Essays for Critical Research. Routledge, Novmber 2004.

How Much Exercise for Weight Loss Maintenance. Invited Lecture at the National Obesity Forum (Wales) Annual Meeting, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, May 2012.

Fighting Obesity. Inivited Lecture at Prescribing Greenspace, GreenSpace Annual Conference, Mayfair Conference Centre, London, November 2011.

Association of alanine aminotransferase with aerobic fitness in healthy children and adolescents in Wales, UK. 3rdWorld Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Nice, France, April 2009 and Journal of Diabetes, Volume 1 Supplement 1, page A179.

The effects of aerobic exercise training on visceral adipose tissue, liver fat and glucose tolerance in previously sedentary, overweight and obese non-diabetic men.2nd World Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Barcelona, April 2007 and Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research (2007) 4: S172, 2007 .

Association between Aerobic Fitness and Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents in Wales, UK. 2nd World Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome, Barcelona, April 2007 and Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research (2007) 4.

Prevalence Estimates of the Metabolic Syndrome in Children and Adolescents in Wales, UK. IASO International Congress on Obesity, Sydney, Australia, September 2006 and Obesity Reviews (2006) 7: S2; 234.

Obesity prevalence estimates in children and adolescents in Wales, UK: A comparison of standards based on BMI and waist girth. IASO International Congress on Obesity, Sydney, Australia, September 2006 and Obesity Reviews (2006) 7: S2; 234.

The prevalence of hypertriglyceridaemia and low HDL-cholesterol in children and adolescents in Wales, UK: Preliminary observations and comparison of paediatric and adult cut-off points. 1stInternational Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. Berlin, Germany, April 13th-16th2005.

Serum adiponectin and body composition in obese men. 1stInternational Congress on Prediabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome. Berlin, Germany, April 13th-16th

Overweight and obese 12 and 13-year old children show features of the metabolic syndrome and increased fibrinogen but not hyperhomocysteineaemia.13th European Congress on Obesity, Prague, Czech Republic, 26th-29th International Journal of Obesity 28 S1, 2004.