Date: 18 August 2017
The Department of Health has announced £5 million of funding for a new National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Obesity Policy Research Unit, to be hosted by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
The new unit will help evaluate the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, as part of the next stage of the plan one year from its launch.
This second stage will also comprise a review of the evidence on children’s calorie consumption by Public Health England and a calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most.
NIHR Policy Research Units, typically based in universities, provide long term and rapid response research capability in priority policy areas. Their independent advice supports policy makers in England to make informed decisions for the benefit of the general population, patients and the NHS.
The NIHR Obesity Policy Research Unit will bring together world-renowned researchers from UCL, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, City University and King’s College, London.
As well as reviewing the Childhood Obesity Plan, the initial work programme for the unit will cover a wide range of topics relating to childhood obesity, including social inequalities, the early years of childhood, and marketing to children and families.
Policy Research Units are funded through the NIHR Policy Research Programme, which is currently seeking applications for new units in a number of high priority areas such as public health and children and families. Find out more on the NIHR website.
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