Durham University

Department of Geography

Departmental Research Projects

Tackling Inequalities in Obesity, NIHR, £207,000 (2011 - 2014)

A research project of the Department of Geography.

Background

Tackling inequalities in obesity: How effective are public health interventions at reducing socio-economic inequalities in obesity amongst children and adults?

Obesity is a common ‘lifestyle disease’, which causes chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, osteoarthritis and certain forms of cancer. Childhood obesity is a particular concern and it is widely accepted that there is a link between childhood obesity and illness and early death in later life. Within the UK and other high income countries, obesity levels are higher in more deprived population groups. Although we are beginning to better understand what works to reduce levels of obesity overall, there is very little accessible evidence available on what works to reduce inequalities or differences in obesity levels between social groups.

Published Results

Journal Article

  • Cairns, J.M., Bambra, C., Hillier-Brown, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. Weighing up the evidence: a systematic review of the effectiveness of workplace interventions to tackle socio-economic inequalities in obesity. Journal of Public Health. 2015;37:659-670.
  • Bambra, C., Hillier, F., Cairns, J., Kasim, A., Moore, H. & Summerbell, C. How effective are interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity among children and adults? Two systematic reviews. Public Health Research. 2015;3:1.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Bambra, C.L., Cairns, J.-M., Kasim, A., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. A systematic review of the effectiveness of individual, community and societal level interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst children. BMC Public Health. 2014;14:834.
  • Hillier-Brown, F.C., Bambra, C.L., Cairns-Nagi, J.M., Kasim, A., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. A systematic review of the effectiveness of individual, community and societal level interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst adults. International Journal of Obesity. 2014;38:1483-1490.
  • Bambra, C.L., Hillier, F.C., Moore, H.J. & Summerbell, C.D. Tackling inequalities in obesity: a protocol for a systematic review of the effectiveness of public health interventions at reducing socioeconomic inequalities in obesity amongst children. Systematic Reviews. 2012;1:16.

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