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Prevention and Management


Background

 Child and adult obesity is a major public health concern and in the UK nearly a third of children aged 2-15 years are overweight or obese. The impact of childhood obesity on health both in the short and long term is well documented and an increased risk of obesity in adulthood means a greater chance of developing chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. It is estimated that obesity costs the NHS billions each year and there is a clear need to identify cost effective strategies for both prevention and treatment. 

The aim of the Prevention & Management research theme is to improve our understanding of childhood and adult obesity risk factors and to work collaboratively to develop tailored interventions aimed at reducing childhood and adult obesity risk and evaluate in “real world settings”. We aim to achieve this by working closely with local authorities, health and social services, community organisations, education and childcare settings, and families.

Research in this theme focuses on early life risk factors and mechanistic pathways; Strategies to prevent child and adult obesity; Child and adult weight management; and Childcare settings, Schools, families and communities.


Overview

The aim of this research theme is to improve our understanding of childhood and adult obesity risk factors and to work collaboratively to develop tailored interventions aimed at reducing childhood and adult obesity risk and evaluate in “real world" settings.



Plus Icon Staff and Research Student Profiles
Plus Icon Topics
  • Maternal Health
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Infant Feeding
  • School based approaches
  • Childcare settings
  • Family lifestyles
  • Physical activity & Sedentary time
  • Intervention development & Evaluation
  • Weight management
  • Behaviour Change
  • Community based approaches
Plus Icon Conference Presentations
  1. Pinki Sahota. Childhood Obesity and Whole systems Approach to Obesity. LGA conference on Health and Wellbeing; LGA House; London 17th March 2016

  2. Pinki Sahota. Whole systems Approaches: UK Perspective. Whole Systems Obesity Satellite meeting; International Congress on Obesity, Vancouver 30th April 2016

  3. Pinki Sahota. Maternal and Child health; Prevention of childhood Obesity. Manchester Obesity Study Day; Manchester Academy 20th May 2016

  4. Pinki Sahota. Born in Bradford and Healthy and Active Parenting:(HAPPY) Association for Nutrition, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Event, Leeds Beckett University, 9th June 2016

  5. Pinki Sahota. Baby Week Leeds 2016 Searching for Clues for Diet and Health in Early Life Leeds Beckett University 12th Sept 2016

  6. Pinki Sahota. Utilising research to tackle childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic population: BiB 1000 Study. NESTLE national Team meeting 11th Oct 2016

  7. Pinki Sahota. Early Years Question Time: Panel member: Parliamentary Launch of Early Years Nutrition Partnership. Tuesday 25th October 2016, 16.00 – 18.00; Churchill Room, House of Commons, London SW1 0AA

  8. The Childhood Obesity Summit: from policy to action. Thurs 3rd Nov 2016 The Royal Society, London. https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/news/1116-leeds-beckett-researchers-to-contribute-to-childhood-obesity-summit/

  9. Pinki Sahota Panel Discussion: Ending Childhood Obesity. Host Jonathon Dimbleby. Paula Radcliffe MBE, Commissioner for World Health Organisation Ending Childhood Obesity Commission; Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist and Director of the Diet and Obesity Team at Public Health England; Gail Gallie, Chief Executive, Jamie Oliver Foundation; former Marketing Director of Children in Need; Food Matters Live, ExCel, London, 24th Nov 2016

  10. Slimming World Policy Workshop and Parliamentary Reception, House of Commons, Westminster, London; Wednesday 15 March 2017

  11. Addressing childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic population: research into practice ASOI 2017 Annual Conference: Preventing and Treating Childhood Obesity May 4th-5th 2017 Health Sciences Centre, University College Dublin

Plus Icon Media Appearances

P. Sahota May 2015; BMI and psychological wellbeing of children- covered by major newspapers; ITN, Channel 4 news

P. Sahota April 2016; ITV National News – labelling foods for calorie expenditure

P. Sahota. 3rd Nov 2016; Radio 4 – You and Yours interview about the sugar tax.

Plus Icon Funding
  1. Institute of Life Sciences. Evaluation of the Take 10!  £125,000 2010-2013.

  2. National Research Fund of Qatar – $5m over 5 years.  This is in partnership with Qatar University, Imperial College London, MoreLife and Leeds Met. 2013-2018

  3. Liberating Housebound Obese individuals using augmented Virtual reality.  This is a research partnership between MoreLife and Imperial College London. £226k over 2 years. 2013-2015

  4. British Heart Foundation – National Evaluation of the Hearty Lives programme £200k over 3 years. 2013-2016

  5. Coventry City Council – Evaluation of the Healthy Weight Strategy for Coventry £49K over 4 months. 2013-2014

  6. CHEST project, Seventh Framework programme of the European Commission. MoreLife Online – Tackling Obesity.  Jan 2015 €60,000

  7. Public Health England and NHS England – National Diabetes Prevention Pilot, £165,000. Implementing a Diabetes Prevention Programme pilot in a London hospital. Jan 2016

  8. Public Health England – Evaluation of a Weight Management programme for PHE employees. £40,000. Jan 2016

  9. Public Health England - Whole Systems Approach to Tackling Obesity. £1.3m Sept 2015.

  10. Integrated Healthy Lifestyle services in Suffolk. £39m. Suffolk County Council. Sept 2015 Aug 2024.

  11. 2015 (£25,000) Evaluation of Food Dudes; Leeds West CCG

  12. 2014-2024 (£50 million) Better Start Bradford. Big Lottery Fund

  13. 2013 (£42,108) (Co-I) Nudging adolescents towards plant-based food choices. ALPRO Foundation

  14. 2012 (£275,550) (PI). Evaluation of the PhunkyFoods Nutrition and Physical Activity primary school education programme. Nestle Global Fit Kids Programme.

  15. 2008-2014 (£1,999,300) (co-applicant) REF: RP-PG-0407-10044 Project Title:

    Measuring, investigating and preventing childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic community: The Born in Bradford NHS research programme - NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research funding scheme.

  16. 2012 (22,210) (PI) REF: RP-PG-0407-10044 Project Title: Measuring, investigating and preventing childhood obesity in a multi-ethnic community: The Born in Bradford NHS research programme. NIHR Programme grant

  17. 2012 (£49,000) (PI). Nutritional status and dietary intake of toddlers aged 18 months: Born in Bradford 1000 cohort study. Feeding for Life Foundation Research grant - Danone.

  18. 2011 (£48,000) (PI). Nutritional status and dietary intake of toddlers aged 12 months: Born in Bradford 1000 cohort study. Learning Curve research grant awards for 2011 – Danone.

  19. 2010 (£15,000) (PI) RE045 - Review of Health behaviour change models and approaches for families and young people to support HEAT 3: Child Healthy Weight Programmes – NHS Health Scotland


Publications

Plus Icon Child and adult weight management (Selected publications)
  1. McGregor S, McKenna J, Hill A and Gately P. Self-esteem outcomes over a summer camp for obese youths. Pediatric Obesity. 2016, Feb.

  2. Nobles J, Griffiths C, Pringle A, Gately P. Design programmes to maximise participant engagement: a predictive study of programme and participant characteristics associated with engagement in paediatric weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016 Jul 19;13:76.

  3. Nobles J, Griffiths C, Pringle A, Gately P. Design programmes to maximise participant engagement: a predictive study of programme and participant characteristics associated with engagement in paediatric weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016 Jul 19;13:76.

  4. Nobles J, Griffiths C, Pringle A, Gately P. Why consistent completion criterion are required in childhood weight management programmes. Public Health, Volume 2017. 152, 79 – 85.

  5. Taylor MJ, Taylor D, Kulendran M, Gately P and Darzi A. Virtual Worlds as a Tool to Facilitate Weight Management for Young People. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research 2013 6:1-16.


Plus Icon Childcare settings, schools, families and communities (Selected publications)
  1. Curtis C, Gately P and Hardaker R. Qualitative Evaluation of a Classroom-based Physical Activity Programme (Take10!) in UK Schools: A Teachers Perspective. J. Ed and Health Vol.31 No. 4, 2013

  2. Pinki Sahota, Jenny Woodward, Rosemary Molinari and Jo Pike (2013) Factors influencing take-up of free school meals in primary and secondary-school children in England. Public Health Nutrition: page 1 of 9 17.06 (2014): 1271-1279.

  3. Jenny Woodward, Pinki Sahota, Jo Pike, Rosie Molinari (2015) "Interventions to increase free school meal take-up", Health Education, Vol. 115 Iss: 2, pp.197 – 213

  4. Hannah Ensaff, Matt Homer, Pinki Sahota, Debbie Braybrook, Susan Coan and Helen McLeod (2015) Food Choice Architecture: An Intervention in a Secondary School and its Impact on Students’ Plant-based Food Choices. Nutrients 2015, 7, 4426-4437; doi:10.3390/nu7064426

  5. Hannah Ensaff, Susan Coan, Pinki Sahota, Debbie Braybrook, Humaira Akter and Helen McLeod. (2015) Adolescents’ Food Choice and the Place of Plant-Based Foods. Nutrients 2015, 7, 4619-4637; doi:10.3390/nu7064619


Plus Icon Early life risk factors and mechanistic pathways (Selected publications)
  1. Hobkirk JP, King RF, Davies I, Harman N, Gately P, Pemberton P, Smith A, Barth JH, Carroll S. The metabolic inter-relationships between changes in waist circumference, triglycerides, insulin sensitivity and small, dense low-density lipoprotein particles with acute weight loss in clinically obese children and adolescents. Pediatr Obesity. 2014 Jun;9(3):209-17.

  2. Taylor MJ, Vlaev I, Taylor D, Kulendran M, Gately P, Al-Kuwari H, Darzi A, Ahmedna M. Cardiac autonomic regulation as a predictor for childhood obesity intervention success. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 May;41(5):824-827.

  3. Hobkirk JP, King RF, Davies I, Harman N, Gately P, Pemberton P, Smith A, Barth JH, Carroll S.  The metabolic inter-relationships between changes in waist circumference, triglycerides, insulin sensitivity and small, dense low-density lipoprotein particles with acute weight loss in clinically obese children and adolescents. Pediatr Obes. 2013

  4. Hobkirk JP, King RF, Gately P, Pemberton P, Smith A, Barth JH, Harman N, Davies I, Carroll S. The predictive ability of triglycerides and waist (hypertriglyceridemic waist) in assessing metabolic triad change in obese children and adolescents. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2013 Oct;11(5):336-42.

  5. Hobkirk JP, King RF, Gately P, Pemberton P, Smith A, Barth JH, Carroll S. Longitudinal factor analysis reveals a distinct clustering of cardiometabolic improvements during intensive, short-term dietary and exercise intervention in obese children and adolescents. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2012 Feb;10(1):20-5


Plus Icon Strategies to prevent child and adult obesity (Selected publications)
  1. Taylor MJ, Arriscado D, Taylor D, Vlaev I, Gately P and Darzi A. Measuring perceived exercise capability and investigating its relationship with childhood obesity: a feasibility study. Int J Obes 2015:40;33-38.

  2. Kulendran M, Vlaev I, King D, Schmidtke KA, Gately P & Ara Darzi. The use of commitment techniques to support weight loss maintenance in obese adolescents. Psychol Health. 2016 Nov;31(11):1332-41.

  3. Griffiths C, Gately P, Marchant PR, Cooke CB. Cross-sectional comparisons of BMI and waist circumference in British children: mixed public health messages. Obesity. 2012 Jun;20(6):1258-60.

  4. P. J. Gately and C. Curtis Implementing behaviour change for healthier lifestyles in obese children. Nutrition Bulletin 2012. 38:1:43–49

  5. Griffiths C, Gately P, Marchant PR, Cooke CB. Area-level deprivation and adiposity in children: is the relationship linear? Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 Feb 12.



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