Who made this health and weight (young people) resource?

Krysia Canvin

Was a Senior Researcher for the Health Experiences Research Group. Krysia is a law graduate who studied the experiences of pregnant women in prison for her PhD. Her main research interests are vulnerable and marginalised groups’ experiences of health, illness and public services. She conducted most of the interviews for this section.

Maria Salinas

Maria is a social anthropologist who has worked as a Senior Researcher at The Health Experiences Research Group since 2002. This is the fifth young people’s health research project that she has led for healthtalk.org. She obtained her D.Phil from the University of Oxford in 2000. Maria conducted some of the interviews and analysed the data and wrote all of the topic summaries.

Laurel Edmunds

Laurel has researched obesity in children and adolescents over 17 years. She has studied their dietary/physical activity behaviours and the psycho-social implications of overweight for both parents and children, particularly as part of interview based research. She conducted the interviews with parents.

Advisory Panel

Ann McPherson
Medical Director, healthtalk.org & youthhealthtalk.org
Aidan MacFarlane
Independent International Consultant in Strategic Planning Child and Adolescent Health Services
Julian Hamilton-Shield
Consultant & Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology, Bristol University
Clare Philips
Director of Policy & Research, 11 Million
Kath Sharman
Head of Counselling Service, SHINE (Self-Help Independence Nutrition and Exercise)
Matthew J. Thompson
Clinical Lecturer & Co-Director of Oxford Centre for Monitoring & Diagnosis in Primary Care (MaDOx), Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford
Kathy Hawley
Expert Patients’ Programme
Rachel Pryke
General Practitioner, Winyates Health Centre, Redditch Member Adolescent Task Group, Royal College of General Practitioners
Ella Magal
Representative from youthhealthtalk.org Youth Advisory Panel
Kishorn Charles
Young person representative
Representative from youthhealthtalk.org Youth Advisory Panel
Sue Wilson
Consultant Hypnotherapist
Emma Healey
Lynne Kennedy
Honorary Lecturer Public Health Nutrition, University of Liverpool
Wendy Wills
Senior Research Fellow in Adolescent and Child Health, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC), University of Hertfordshire
David Haslam
Chair, National Obesity Forum

We would like to thank all the young people who shared their stories and to everyone who helped with recruitment, in particular SHINE (Self Help Independence, Nutrition and Exercise), MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition … Do it! Programme) and Watch it programme (Leeds Primary Care Trust). Thanks also to Dr Kate Field for all her help.

Supported by:
Department of Health

Grant holders:
Sue Ziebland
Ann McPherson
Aidan Macfarlane

Health and weight (young people) resources

NHS Information from NHS on food and diet and obesity See also our resources on mental health and wellbeing, general health resources and our section on eating disorders and eating disorders resources.