Health and weight (young people)

In this section you can find out about the experience of weight issues by listening to young people share their personal stories on film.

Researchers talked to 36 young people and 9 parents in their own homes. The young people we interviewed had a range of experiences: some had been told they were overweight or were in the medical category ‘obese’, some had been diagnosed with an eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia) and some talked about the ways they managed their weight. Find out what people said about issues such as causes of weight problems, body image and healthy eating.

We hope you find the information helpful and reassuring.

You may also be interested in our section on eating disorders.


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