Weight management experiences of overweight young people with special educational needs and disabilities

The approach

The aim of this research is to listen to disabled people about their weight management experiences in order to better understand how more suitable and inclusive interventions can be developed for this group.

This qualitative study explores how a group of young disabled people, their parents, and key stakeholders experienced a special school-based weight management programme delivered as part of the curriculum by external providers in England.

The Impact

This research and the findings may be beneficial in facilitating more inclusive public health interventions to better meet the needs of disabled people and begin to work towards reducing health inequalities. Transforming care and reshaping weight management services for this population will require disabled people, stakeholders and commissioners working together to address inequalities and provide a fairer public health delivery.

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Leeds Beckett University, Carnegie School of Sport