Childhood Obesity Research
Childhood obesity is a major public health issue, however there is limited evidence of treatment and preventative strategies within this area. We as academic health professionals are resolved not only to contributing ideas as to how the problem of obesity should be tackled, but also to ensuring that any new initiatives are rigorously evaluated so that resources are utilised in an effective and appropriate way.
We are involved in addressing two aspects of the problem:
- The management of children who are already obese;
- The prevention of childhood obesity
Childhood obesity research is a collaborative, interdisciplinary programme involving academics and practitioners from Leeds Met, Leeds University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and Leeds Mental Health Services Trust. As a result of the APPLES Programme and the current WATCH IT programme the group has a highly respected academic profile in childhood obesity research. The House of Commons Health Select Committee chose to visit Leeds in Sept 2003 to collect evidence for their report on the subject.