Appetite and Obesity

The aim of our research is to further understanding of the psychological underpinnings of appetite and weight gain, and to inform effective interventions to tackle obesity and promote improved dietary health in ways that reduce socioeconomic inequalities.

We study the psychological, behavioural, environmental, social, situational, and biological factors that control our desire to eat, the anticipation and enjoyment of food and energy intake. We also focus on psychological factors contributing to and resulting from obesity, as well as behaviour change and clinical communication in relation to obesity.

We have expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research including randomised controlled trials (RCTs), experimental designs, cross-sectional studies, ecological momentary assessment, secondary data analysis using advanced statistical modelling (e.g., multilevel modelling), meta-analysis, focus groups, “citizen science”, and semi-structured interviews.

For more information, please visit the individual web pages of the academic staff in this research group.

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