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Seminar – Systems approaches to obesity: The lived experience of young people

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  • UserDr Wendy Wills, Professor of Food and Public Health, Director of the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care.
  • ClockWednesday 06 May 2020, 11:00-12:00
  • HouseOnline.

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Doing nothing about obesity is not a realistic option but given the multiple and interlinked causes of excess weight, simplistic solutions are not effective at population level. Local authorities are adopting systems approaches to address obesity and one important element of such an approach is to understand public perceptions about ‘systems’ within a locality, i.e. the factors experienced as influencing weight.

In this seminar I will discuss the rationale for a consultation that enabled young people to talk about growing up in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. The consultation, part of the local authority agenda to plan healthy weight initiatives, considered the local factors linked with excess weight, from young people’s perspectives. Affordability, crime and anti-social behaviour, transport and places to go and eat were identified by young people as issues that influence obesity in their local area. These findings will inform the direction of preventative weight services.

This talk is part of the MRC Epidemiology and CEDAR Seminars series.

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