As our University's news page explains, obesity continues to develop into a major global health epidemic. With one-in-four adults considered obese, it remains one of the most serious challenges facing society in the 21st century, with significant health, social and economic consequences.
In August 2016, the government published its childhood obesity strategy, designed to tackle obesity and improve the nation’s health. The plan focuses on encouraging industry to cut the amount of sugar in food and drinks and encouraging primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active.
Research and enterprise activity led by health experts at Leeds Beckett is currently exploring potential solutions to the obesity crisis. In 2015, Leeds Beckett was commissioned to lead a programme in collaboration with Local Government, to identify ways in which local authorities can create a whole systems approach in tackling obesity.
You can watch a video of Pinki Sahota, Professor of Nutrition & Childhood Obesity at Leeds Beckett and chair of the Association for the Study of Obesity, speaking about the programme on our University's YouTube channel. Professor Sahota will also be speaking at the Public Health: Prevention in Practice Conference in Manchester on 24th November.
The list below is a selection of related research published by our academic staff, which illustrates the contribution that Leeds Beckett academics are making in this area.