David Ashton

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After graduating with a medical sciences degree from the University of St Andrews, Dr Ashton underwent clinical and postgraduate training at the Victoria University of Manchester where he achieved several academic distinctions. He subsequently completed a doctorate in epidemiology and biostatistics at Imperial College School of Medicine, London, where he now holds a senior academic appointment in the Cardiac Medicine Group.[1]

Biographical Information


Current activities

Ashton is currently medical Director of Weight to Go a subsidiary of Healthier Weight, an organisation exclusively devoted to the management of overweight and obese patients.[2]


Ashton has cast doubt on the links between food advertising and childhood obesity. In a press release by the The European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA), a Brussels-based organisation represents advertising and media agencies in Europe, Ashton cast doubt on the links between advertising and obesity as stated in the 2003 Food Standards Agency (FSA) report on the role of food promotion in children's diets.[3]


Publications, Contact, Resources and Notes


Ashton is the author of numerous articles, scientific papers and book chapters. He is the co-author of “Why Exercise ?” (Blackwell 1986) and author of “The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women” (Random House 2000).[5]





  1. Weighttogo David Ashton,accessed January 6 2009
  2. Weightogo About us, accessed January 6 2009.
  3. EACA UK Academic challenges FSA Report on Food Promotion to Children,February 3 2004, accessed January 6 2009.
  4. Advertising Education Forum AEF Academic Network (AAN), accessed 1 August 2007.
  5. Weighttogo David Ashton, accessed January 6 2009