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Our project asked the public, researchers, doctors, nurses and policy makers to tell us their priorities for research about body weight and obesity via an online survey. We were interested in any question related to body weight and health, this might include the effect of genes, metabolism, emotions or the influence of the kind of society we live in. The results will identify the most important, unanswered questions for body weight and obesity that will help set the research agenda for the next five years.

Part of our Changing Behaviours for Better Health and Preventing Disease research theme



  • To identify and prioritise the top 10 unanswered questions for obesity and weight-related research that stakeholders agree are the most important to address obesity and improve population health. 



  • A list of the top ten unanswered research questions in obesity and weight-related research identified by members of the public, health professionals, policy makers, funders and researchers.
  • To share this information and to attract funding so that these priority research questions are addressed. We plan to publish the results in an academic journal; produce an infographic summarising the top 10 priorities and a short video explainer discussing the project and its process and findings. 


Expected Impact

  • This has the potential to build on current research and to influence future research areas.
  • Bringing together the views of a wide range of people should lead to future collaborative work and funding for relevant projects emerging from this joint process.

Related research themes