Oxford University – Weight and Weight Loss

Researchers at Oxford University are researching young people’s experiences of trying to lose weight. Their research findings will be provided to government, so that government can design effective weight support services for young people.

They are looking to interview young people between the ages of 13 and 17 for around 20 – 30 minutes. Young people who take part will be given a £20 Amazon gift voucher as a thank you.

You can find out more, including how to register your interest to take part, below.

Please note that they are looking to complete all of the interviews before Christmas 2022.

Study Aim

We have an opportunity to redesign weight support services for young people so that they better meet their needs however, the redesign must be informed by the young people themselves and their parents.
This study is designed to elicit the views of adolescents and parents of adolescents on weight and weight loss strategies. These may include, but are not limited to, fad diets, digital apps and governmental strategies. Information will be used to directly inform government strategy and future weight loss support services.

Who is involved?

The study is being conducted by the Health Behaviours Team within the Primary Care Department at the University of Oxford. The study is funded by the National Institute of Health Research.

How can you be involved?

We are looking for young people (aged 13-17) and/or parents of young people (aged 13-17) to have a 20-30min discussion with us, sharing their views on weight loss strategies in young people. In return, participants will receive a £20 Amazon voucher and the knowledge that they are directly informing government strategy.

Poster for young people


The poster says:

Have Your Say!

We want to speak to young people aged 13-17 years about their experiences trying to lose weight.

Your voice will go directly towards informing research priorities and government policy.

Free Amazon voucher for taking part!

Fill in our MS Forms survey for more details

Adolescent and Parental Views towards Weight Management in Adolescents. Ethics approval reference: R77048/RE003.

Oxford weight project poster

For more information and/or to register your interest, complete the MS Forms Survey.

Fill in the MS Forms survey

Or contact Melissa Little at Melissa.Little@phc.ox.ac.uk and 07557 360624.

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