Obesity Related Behaviours
Our research focuses on increasing the evidence base for prevention and treatment of obesity, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles that might contribute to reducing obesity. A vast majority of our research projects is based in communities with low socio-economic (SES) status and increased deprivation due to the strong correlations of obesity and overweight prevalence.
Research conducted by ORB is essential to uncover the contributing factors related to populations of obese adults and children.
The Obesity Related Behaviour (ORB) Research Group's main interests are:
- Health inequalities
- Evaluation of community interventions for the prevention of childhood and adult obesity
- Assessment of overweight and obesity prevalence through anthropometric, physical activity and food measures
- Measurement of dietary and physical activity behaviours using novel methods at population level
- Qualitative research to understand the reasoning behind aspects surrounding obesity and overweight prevalence
- Systematic reviews
ORB has close links with other departments at Durham University;
These interdisciplinary partnerships are essential for the production of world class research and evaluation.
The ORB Research Group also continues to work in partnership with:
- Association for the Study of Obesity
- World Health Organization
- Nutrition Society
- Food Standards Agency
- World Cancer Research Fund
- NHS Middlesbrough and the Life Store
- Middlesbrough Football Club
- Evening Gazette
- Teesside University
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