Obesity Research

Obesity: Fact File

As a subsidiary company of Leeds Beckett University, we enjoy the benefit of working with the University’s Centre for Applied Obesity Research and approximately 35 academics, from world-leading professors to the best PhD students in the field, to ensure we are delivering the best programmes science and research has to offer.

Not only do we use the research to inform and develop our programmes, but our programmes are used in research studies.

Below are some research links and publications that we think are valuable to anyone with an interest in obesity.


Kime, NH and Mckenna, J and Griffiths, C and Rivett, M and Gately, P (2018) A qualitative evaluation of healthy weight services in a local authority in England. Health Education Journal. ISSN 1748-8176 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0017896918786987

Flint, SW and Nobles, J and Gately, P and Sahota, P (2018) Weight stigma and discrimination: a call to media. The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. ISSN 2213-8587 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30041-X

Flint, SW and Oliver, EJ and Copeland, RJ (2017) Editorial: Obesity stigma in healthcare: impacts on policy, practice, and patients. Frontiers in Psychology. ISSN 1664-1078 (In Press)

Flint, SW (2017) In response to ‘Are Big Food’s corporate social responsibility strategies valuable to communities? A qualitative study with parents and children’ by Richards & Phillipson. Public Health Nutrition. ISSN 1475-2727 (In Press)

Nobles, JD and Griffiths, C and Pringle, A and Gately, P (2017) Why Consistent Completion Criterion are Required in Childhood Weight Management Programmes. Public Health Journal. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2017.07.025

Flint, SW and Crank, H and Tew, G and Till, S (2017) “It’s not an Obvious Issue is it?” Office-Based Employees’ Perceptions of Prolonged Sitting at Work: A Qualitative Study. J Occup Environ Med. ISSN 1536-5948 DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001130

Flint, SW and Lozano, L (2017) The vital links between obesity and psychopathology: the impact of stigma. Primary Prevention Insights. ISSN 1179-1748 (In Press)

Flint, SW and Scaife, R and Kesterton, S and Humphreys, L and Copeland, R and Crank, H and Breckon, J and Maynard, I and Carter, A (2016) Sheffield Hallam Staff Wellness service: Four-year follow-up of the impact on health indicators. Perspect Public Health, 136 (5). pp. 295-301. ISSN 1757-9147 DOI: 10.1177/1757913916630009

Nobles, J and Griffiths, C and Pringle, A and Gately, P (2016) Design programmes to maximise participant engagement: a predictive study of programme and participant characteristics associated with engagement in paediatric weight management. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 13. p. 76. ISSN 1479-5868 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12966-016-0399-1

Kulendran, M and King, D and Schmidtke, KA and Curtis, C and Gately, P and Darzi, A and Vlaev, I (2016) The use of commitment techniques to support weight loss maintenance in obese adolescents. Psychology and Health. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0887-0446 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2016.1204452

Nobles, JD and Pringle, A and Griffiths, C and Gately, P (2016) A Calling for Standardised Completion Criteria in Weight Management. In: ISBNPA, 8-11 June 2016, Cape Town, SA. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.

Nobles, JD and Griffiths, C and Pringle, A and Staniford, LJ and Gately, P (2016) Engaging Families in Weight Management. In: ISBNPA, 8-11 June 2016, Cape Town, SA.

Reale, S and Flint, SW (2016) The Impact of Menu Label Design on Visual Attention, Food Choice and Recognition: An Eye Tracking Study. Journal of Sensory Studies, 31 (4). pp. 328-340. ISSN 0887-8250 DOI: 10.1111/joss.12216

Flint, SW and Reale, S (2016) Weight stigma in frequent exercisers: Overt, demeaning and condescending. Journal of Health Psychology. ISSN 1461-7277 DOI: 10.1177/1359105316656232

Flint, SW and Čadek, M and Codreanu, SC and Ivić, V and Zomer, C and Gomoiu, A (2016) Obesity Discrimination in the Recruitment Process: “You’re Not Hired!”. Frontiers in Psychology, 7:647. ISSN 1664-1078 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00647

Reale, S and Flint, SW (2016) Menu labelling and food choice in obese adults: a feasibility study. BMC obesity, 3:17. ISSN 2052-9538 DOI: 10.1186/s40608-016-0095-3

Hudson, J and Flint, SW and Lavallee, DE (2016) The Portrayal of Obesity in UK National Newspapers. Stigma and Health, 1 (1). 16 – 28. ISSN 2376-6972 DOI: 10.1037/sah0000013

Flint, SW and Snook, J (2015) Disability Discrimination and Obesity: The Big Questions? Current Obesity Reports, 4 (4). pp. 504-509. ISSN 2162-4968 DOI: 10.1007/s13679-015-0182-7

Flint, SW and Hudson, J and Lavallee, D (2015) UK adults’ implicit and explicit attitudes towards obesity: a cross-sectional study. BMC obesity, 2. 31 – ?. DOI: 10.1186/s40608-015-0064-2