Prevention and Management

The aim of the Prevention & Management research theme is to improve our understanding of childhood and adult obesity risk factors.
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Research theme Focus

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.

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.

Areas of research

  • 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