Students research obesity
University of Wolverhampton students have been
conducting research into the level of obesity in men in
The 20 School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure students
carried out face-to-face interviews with men in ten designated
obesity “hotspots” within the Walsall Borough.
The areas were identified through Walsall’s Healthy Lifestyle
Survey 2005 which indicated the areas of highest overweight and
The Obesity Consultation project has been developed by Walsall
Council's Creative Development Team in partnership with NHS Walsall
Community Health. The aim is to inform local weight management
service delivery in the Walsall area.
Jamie Scott, PhD Candidate in Exercise Psychology, said:
“Thesport department at the University was approached by Walsall
Council's Creative Development team to undertake this piece of
research. It provides a tremendous opportunity for the University
to develop multi-agency links and for the participating students to
gain valuable experience of working in the health promotion
The students are studying BSc (Hons) degrees in Physical
Activity, Exercise and Health, and Sport and Exercise Science. They
received training prior to the consultation day from Jane DeVille
Almond, Director of the National Obesity Forum and Vice President
of the Men’s Health Forum. They then went into the community on May
23 and 24 to ask questions in the 10 obesity 'hotspots'. The
results will now be analysed by experts.
For media inquiries, contact Vickie Woodward in the Press
Office on 01902 322736 or 07973 335112.
Date Issued: Wednesday, 28 May 2008