The BIG challenge

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A spotlight campaign on obesity research

With over 60 percent of the adult population either overweight or obese and more than 2.7 million people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the health burden and economic impact of obesity in the UK are increasing.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is currently supporting research into the condition across 43 obesity-related studies. We’ve selected four of these studies to give an insight into the experiences of patients and the work of researchers and health professionals across England.

This diverse set of studies will also help you better understand the range of ways the BIG challenge is being addressed by the research community. It’s also a sign of what’s to come.

The NIHR has just issued a national call for new research to address UK obesity levels. We’re asking the research community for innovative research for the prevention and treatment of obesity in adults and children. Find out more about the call.