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Jo Kidd, Healthtalkonline.org, 1st May 2014

Young people worry more about the impact of their weight on social lives than health

Healthtalkonline.org’s research has been singled out for praise in a review of research into young people’s views on obesity.

The review, published today in the BMJ, looked at 30 research studies and highlighted our young people, health and weight section as one of the three most important qualitative studies conducted in the UK since 1997 on young people’s views about obesity, body size, shape and weight:

“The relative richness of this study in terms of the breadth and depth of its findings in comparison to the other studies included within the review, means that it is highly represented within the review.”

Researchers at the University of London who carried out the review found that overweight young people face stigma and social isolation.  For many this meant that concerns about weight related more to their ability to socialise, rather than on their health. They made many recommendations for public health, policy and further research, based on their findings.

Read the full report ‘It’s on your conscience all the time’: a systematic review of qualitative studies examining views on obesity among young people aged 12–18 years in the UK.

Visit our Young people, health and weight section to see and hear young people talk about their experiences.




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