Health and weight


In this section you can find out about the experience of weight issues, by listening to young people share their personal stories on film. Our researchers talked to 36 young people and 9 parents in their own homes. The young people we interviewed had a range of experiences: some had been told they were overweight or were in the medical category ‘obese’, some had been diagnosed with an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia) and some talked about the ways they managed their weight

Find out what people said about issues such as causes of weight problems, body image and healthy eating. We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.
You can start viewing topics by clicking 'Next Topic' above, or selecting from the list on the left. You can also view 'People's Profiles' from the tab above.
You may also be interested in our section on Eating Disorders.

Publication date: April 2010
Last updated: February 2015
Review date: February 2017


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