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Leeds Beckett academics share expertise at UK Congress on Obesity


Leeds Beckett University has been taking part in a national conference on obesity.

Applied Obesity Research Centre group

Professor Pinki Sahota from Leeds Beckett’s School of Clinical and Applied Sciences chaired a member-led symposium at the UK Congress on Obesity, which was being held in Newcastle .

Professor Sahota chaired the discussion on ‘A whole systems approach to tackle obesity’ in which Dr Duncan Radley from Carnegie School of Sport spoke about the development of the whole systems obesity process. Representatives from Public Health England and Gloucestershire City Council will also joined the discussion.

Professor Sahota said: “Essentially we outlined the programme objectives and looked at the work we have undertaken and the progress to date. Dr Radley examined the development of the process, the lessons learned and how we have tried to develop a useable tool for local authorities to implement whole systems approaches to tackling obesity in their area.”

Earlier this year Professor Sahota and Professor Paul Gately launched the Applied Obesity Research Centre at Leeds Beckett. The aim of the centre is to improve the understanding of the development of obesity, including the associated illnesses of Cardio Vascular Disease and Type 2 Diabetes, and psychosocial conditions. As well as improving the understanding the centre will identify effective preventative and management approaches. It has four main research themes, each led by an expert in that area:

  • Weight stigma and discrimination – Dr Stuart Flint
  • Prevention and treatment – Professor Pinki Sahota
  • The Environment – Dr Claire Griffiths
  • Whole systems obesity – Dr Duncan Radley
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