We want to know your priorities for research about body weight and obesity.
We are asking members of the public, researchers, doctors and nurses, and policy makers to tell us what is important to them.
We will follow a process to bring these ideas together to produce a top 10 list of research questions. These will be questions that matter most to people and for which we do not know the answer.
We will share this list with research funders and researchers themselves to focus research on what matters most to us all.
We will follow the general steps set out by the James Lind Alliance.
The first stage is an online survey to gather your research questions. We will group these together and exclude the questions that have already been answered or which are out of scope.
In a second online survey all participants will be asked to put these questions in order of importance. A short list of 20-30 questions will be drawn up.
Then we will hold a workshop for a group of survey respondents, this will include members of the public and professionals. A list of the top 10 research questions will be agreed upon at this workshop.
These results will be shared with researchers, policy makers and the public.
What matters to you?
Maybe it is the experience of people living with obesity and the struggles some face?
Maybe you think we need to know more about preventing people becoming overweight?
Is it important for us to learn more about the causes or effects of obesity in other countries?
Should we try to understand more about the links between particular diseases and excess body weight or the effects of losing weight?
What about the effect of genes or our metabolism on weight control?
Should we prioritise research to help people with obesity feel better about themselves?
Or should we find ways to help people lose weight?
Please tell us your thoughts about these or any other questions which matter most to you.
How to fill out the questions
There are four boxes for you to complete that allow you to write in your research question, what do you think matters the most and has the most effect on how much we weigh?
It really helps if you can write down something specific.
For example, you could say 'we need more research on the way that supermarkets could encourage healthy eating'. Or perhaps, you think that we need more research to tell us how to prevent people putting on weight. If you think it’s important to study how active we are you could say ‘The role of cycle lanes and car-free streets’ rather than 'helping people to be more active'.
What's in and what's not?
We are interested in any question related to body weight and health, this might include the effect of genes, metabolism, emotions or the influence of the kind of society we live in.
This survey is not intended to cover research specific to the prevention or treatment of clinical eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia nervosa.
That said, if you think that an important question to ask is 'does trying to lose weight cause eating disorders', then this is in scope. This is because this question relates to being overweight and what we might do about it.
Who are we?
We are a group of researchers at The University of Oxford funded by public money to do research on body weight and obesity.
You can read more about us and our work here: www.phc.ox.ac.uk/research/research-themes/health-behaviours-theme/health-behaviours
Participation information sheet
Interested in taking part but want to know more?
Survey #1 is live
Address: Health Behaviours, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford. OX2 6GG
The POWER study is funded and supported by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Oxford and Thames Valley (ARC OxTV) and the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
This project was reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee (reference number R67215/RE001).