Obesity is a problem we can’t ignore

Between 1993 and 2013 the proportion of adults that were obese in England increased from 13.2% to 26% among men and from 16% to 24% among women. Over 60% of the adult population were overweight or obese in 2013. Obesity is a complex problem with no clear cut solution. There are a lot of good programmes out there, but there is still little evidence around what makes an effective weight management service, or about how it should be integrated with other services.

We know from our work transforming public services that to change this, we need to explore what makes weight management services effective from the perspective of the service user.

Hearing directly from service users about their experience, including what motivates them and about the barriers they face in their daily life to achieve a healthy weight, is key when designing services that are effective in the long term.

That is why we are working on a new research project for Public Health England. As part of this we are interested in speaking to

  • Overweight and obese adults and children who have tried to lose weight, or
  • Overweight and obese adults and children who have engaged in a tier 2 or tier 3 multi-component weight management service free of charge.

The findings from research will be used to develop ways to better respond to the needs of people who are overweight or obese. It will inform the development of a new blueprint that will support and guide local commissioners.

Please find more information here:

If you want to help, or have any questions, please contact Nil Guzelgun, Researcher at Innovation Unit: nil.guzelgun@innovationunit.org 020 7250 8087