Improving public health through co-produced weight management research

The obesity research programme in the School of Health & Social care is co-produced with key national and international agencies to ensure our research addresses real world priorities and generates outputs that are directly translated and used within policy and practice.

This has resulted in a number of significant impacts including:
- the production of Cochrane reviews on the management of childhood obesity to support the World Health Organisation and inform European obesity training programmes
- providing evidence reviews that informed the 2015 Public Health England national sugar reduction strategy and the resulting UK sugar tax, changes to Ofcom marketing regulations for the advertising of high sugar products to children, and the implementation and evaluation of a Teesside University sugar reduction tax and marketing campaign
- informing the production of the Public Health England weight management provider and commissioner guidance through the production of supporting evidence reviews, an update of the standard evaluation framework for weight management interventions, and producing a model to predict the tracking of weight status during primary school.