Obesity Institute

Improving the lives of people living with, or at risk of, obesity.

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The Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett University brings together academics from a range of disciplines across the university with policy makers, practitioners, and people living with or at risk of obesity and their families and carers, to co-develop innovative person-centred advances in obesity locally, nationally and internationally.

The Obesity Institute at Leeds Beckett University

  1. Inclusion and collaboration

    All our activities are co-developed with people with lived experience, working in collaboration with key policy, practice and academic partners to ensure everything we do is person-centred and addresses real world need. We continually seek to improve and promote representation, equality, diversity and inclusion.

  2. Integrity and transparency

    We foster a culture of openness, compassion and collaboration within our community, and support the rights of academic freedoms by building a community that tests received wisdom and puts forward new ideas.

  3. Excellence and innovation

    We are building on our excellence in applied obesity research and education, and seek to excite and inspire the public, our students and colleagues, with disruptive and ground-breaking research, innovation and practice.

The Obesity Institute is unique in applying a multidisciplinary approach to the study of obesity. It brings together strengths in nutrition, dietetics, physical activity, psychology, epidemiology, computing, arts and design and public health from across the university with our patient and public involvement members, working in coproduction with policy and practice partners to address real world priorities. Our research is also firmly embedded within our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, professional training and education, and consultancy. Through this integration, we have the expertise to enhance the implementation, effectiveness and scalability of real-world action.

We develop novel, bespoke approaches to research that lead innovations in the field of obesity. Our team have a wealth of expertise, experience and have a track record of delivering high-impact research and consultation that draws on our academic and applied competencies. In doing so, our research and consultancy has led to many real-world impacts that have improved the understanding, prevention and treatment of obesity.

Obesity Voices Hub

Obesity Voices is our Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) hub which works with people from across broad and diverse populations to co-design and co-produce our work to ensure that people living with obesity are at the heart of everything we do.

Contact us

If you'd like to find out more about the work we do, please contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.