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Dr Kristy Bolton



Senior Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 522 78277

Research interests

Dr Kristy Bolton is currently involved in a variety of obesity-related research projects.  Her research focuses on the correlates of overweight and obesity in infants, children and adolescents. These correlates include dietary and physical activity-related behaviours, quality of life, ethnicity, anthropometry and genetics.  Kristy has applied this knowledge to designing, implementing and evaluating community-based obesity prevention interventions.  Kristy is also currently involved in assessing dietary salt intake in adults.


Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS)

Teaching interests

Kristy has been involved in teaching several units at both undergraduate and post-graduate level in the area of public health; including obesity prevention, population nutrition, epidemiology and biostatistics.

Units taught

HSN734 - Obesity Prevention
HSN705 - Public Health Nutrition
HSN302 - Population Nutrition
HSN101 - Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
HSN103 - Food: the Environment and Consumers

Taught into HME101-HME401 Public Health Medicine stream.


Kristy has presented her work at over 20 national and international conferences in her field.

Research groups

Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE) 



• Kristy is currently an implementation specialist involved in implementing and evaluating a complex community-based systems approach tackling childhood obesity across Great South Coast of Victoria (Whole of Systems Trial of Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity: WHO STOPS Childhood Obesity, funded by an NHMRC Partnerships Project grant)

• Kristy is currently evaluating a salt reduction program by assessing sodium consumption in adults via urine collection and dietary recall (funded by an NHMRC Partnerships Project grant)

• Kristy is also examining infant feeding practices (breastfeeding/formula feeding/introduction of solids) and infant growth trajectories in Chinese immigrants compared to non-immigrants living in Australia

Kristy has been involved in the following projects:

• Evaluating a community-based obesity prevention intervention: Health Promoting Communities: Being Active Eating Well initiative; a large-scale, multi-setting project spanning six communities across Victoria (>5,000 primary and secondary school students, 500 working adults)

• Investigating associations of adolescent health-related quality of life with weight status, age, gender, geographic location (i.e. rural vs. urban)


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Relative effects of postnatal rapid growth and maternal factors on early childhood growth trajectories

Miaobing Zheng, Steven Bowe, Kylie Hesketh, Kristy Bolton, Rachel Laws, Peter Kremer, Ken Ong, Sandrine Lioret, Elizabeth Denney-Wilson, Karen Campbell

(2019), Vol. 33, pp. 172-180, Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology, Chichester, Eng., C1


Translating systems thinking into practice for community action on childhood obesity

S Allender, A Brown, K Bolton, P Fraser, J Lowe, P Hovmand

(2019), Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1


Rapid weight gain during infancy and subsequent adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence

M Zheng, K Lamb, C Grimes, R Laws, K Bolton, K Ong, K Campbell

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 321-332, Obesity reviews, Chichester, Eng., C1


Protocol for an economic evaluation of WHO STOPS childhood obesity stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

Rohan Sweeney, Marj Moodie, Phuong Nguyen, Penny Fraser, Kristy Bolton, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Marks, Nic Crooks, Claudia Strugnell, Colin Bell, Lynne Millar, Liliana Orellana, Steven Allender

(2018), Vol. 8, pp. 1-10, BMJ Open, London, ENg., C1


Differences in infant feeding practices between Chinese-born and Australian-born mothers living in Australia: a cross-sectional study

Kristy Bolton, Peter Kremer, Kylie Hesketh, Rachel Laws, Konsita Kuswara, Karen Campbell

(2018), Vol. 18, pp. 1-9, BMC pediatrics, London, Eng., C1


The outcomes of health-promoting communities: being active eating well initiative-a community-based obesity prevention intervention in Victoria, Australia

K Bolton, P Kremer, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn, A de Silva

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 1080-1090, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1


le Expanding a successful community-based obesity prevention approach into new communities : challenges and achievements

K Bolton, P Kremer, L Gibbs, B Swinburn, E Waters, A de Silva

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 197-206, Obesity research and clinical practice, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The association between self-reported diet quality and health-related quality of life in rural and urban Australian adolescents

K Bolton, F Jacka, S Allender, P Kremer, L Gibbs, E Waters, A de Silva

(2016), Vol. 24, pp. 317-325, Australian journal of rural health, London, Eng., C1


Evaluation of a knowledge translation and exchange platform to advance non-communicable disease prevention

T Pettman, R Armstrong, E Waters, S Allender, P Love, T Gill, J Coveney, S Boylan, S Booth, K Bolton, B Swinburn

(2016), Vol. 12, pp. 109-126, Evidence and policy, Bristol, Eng., C1


The Chinese-born immigrant infant feeding and growth hypothesis

K Bolton, P Kremer, K Hesketh, R Laws, K Campbell

(2016), Vol. 16, pp. 1-5, BMC public health, London, Eng., C1


A map of community-based obesity prevention initiatives in Australia following obesity funding 2009-2013.

J Whelan, P Love, A Romanus, T Pettman, K Bolton, E Smith, T Gill, J Coveney, E Waters, S Allender

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 168-171, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australia, C1


A snapshot of the scope of obesity prevention practice in Australia.

T Pettman, K Bolton, P Love, E Waters, T Gill, J Whelan, S Boylan, R Armstrong, J Coveney, S Booth, B Swinburn, S Allender

(2015), Health Promotion International, C1


The effect of gender and age on the association between weight status and health-related quality of life in Australian adolescents

K Bolton, P Kremer, N Rossthorn, M Moodie, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn, A de Silva

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 1-8, BMC public health, London, England, C1


The small leucine-rich proteoglycan, biglycan, is highly expressed in adipose tissue of Psammomys obesus and is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes

K Bolton, D Segal, K Walder

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 67-72, Biologics : targets and therapy, Auckland, New Zealand, C1


Government food service policies and guidelines do not create healthy school canteens

A De Silva-Sanigorski, T Breheny, L Jones, K Lacy, P Kremer, L Carpenter, K Bolton, L Prosser, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn

(2011), Vol. 35, pp. 117-121, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, C1


Scaling up community-based obesity prevention in Australia: Background and evaluation design of the Health Promoting Communities: Being Active Eating Well initiative

A De Silva-Sanigorski, K Bolton, M Haby, P Kremer, L Gibbs, E Waters, B Swinburn

(2010), Vol. 10, BMC Public Health, C1


Identification of secreted proteins associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes in Psammomys obesus

K Bolton, D Segal, J McMillan, A Sanigorski, G Collier, K Walder

(2009), Vol. 33, pp. 1153-1165, International Journal of Obesity, C1


Decorin is a secreted protein associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes

K Bolton, D Segal, J McMillan, J Jowett, L Heilbronn, K Abberton, P Zimmet, D Chisholm, G Collier, K Walder

(2008), Vol. 32, pp. 1113-1121, International Journal of Obesity, C1-1


Chemerin is a novel adipokine associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome

K Bozaoglu, K Bolton, J McMillan, P Zimmet, J Jowett, G Collier, K Walder, D Segal

(2007), Vol. 148, pp. 4687-4694, Endocrinology, C1


SH3-domain GRB2-like (endophilin) interacting protein 1 (SGIP1), a novel neuronal protein that regulates energy balance

J Trevaskis, K Walder, V Foletta, L Kerr-Bayles, J McMillan, A Cooper, S Lee, K Bolton, M Prior, R Fahey, K Whitecross, G Morton, M Schwartz, G Collier

(2005), Vol. 146, pp. 3757-3764, Endocrinology, C1-1


Regulation of the selenoprotein SelS by glucose deprivation and endoplasmic reticulum stress - SelS is a novel glucose-regulated protein

Y Gao, H Feng, K Walder, K Bolton, T Sunderland, N Bishara, M Quick, L Kantham, G Collier

(2004), Vol. 563, pp. 185-190, FEBS Letters, C1


MERP1: a mammalian ependymin-related protein gene differentially expressed in hematopoietic cells

C Gregorio-King, J McLeod, F Collier, G Collier, K Bolton, G Van Der Meer, J Apostolopoulos, M Kirkland

(2002), Vol. 286, pp. 249-257, Gene : an international journal on genes and genomes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Effect of oxysterols on hematopoietic progenitor cells

C Gregorio-King, F Collier, K Bolton, M Ferguson, J Hosking, G Collier, M Kirkland

(2002), Vol. 30, pp. 670-678, Experimental hematology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

What is the relationship between diet quality and health-related quality of life in rural, Victorian adolescents (12-18 years old)?

Dr Kristy Bolton, Prof Steven Allender

  • 2014: $14,991


No completed student supervisions to report