Study exploring the long-term impact of COVID-19 on people living with obesity

A UCL study is exploring the long-term impact of COVID-19 on perceptions, attitudes and actions of UK adults living with obesity. The survey explores how the pandemic is impacting people living with obesity today compared to the end of the first national lockdown in July 2020.

This research is led by Dr Adrian Brown and Professor Rachel Batterham of UCL and Dr Stuart Flint at the University of Leeds working alongside colleagues at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David & Leeds Teaching Trust.

The findings of this research will help improve our understanding of the impact and support needed by people with obesity including those attending weight management obesity services.

Research published by the team in April 2021 showed the detrimental impact of the first Covid-19 lockdown on people living with obesity in relation to health-related behaviours, mental health and access to weight management services.

55% or people reported having an unhealthier diet, 61% reduced physical activity and 80% a worsening of their sleep. The findings highlighted the need for greater mental health support and continued provision of support from weight management services for people living with obesity during future lockdowns.

The current study will take around 20 minutes to complete. All responses will remain anonymous.

Researchers encourage clinicians to flag the survey to anyone who may be interested.

Find out more and access the survey.

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