Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Understanding how weight management programmes can best support adolescents with overweight or obesity to achieve a healthy weight
Author: Jones, Helen M.
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2019
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
Background Obesity in adolescence is alarming. Current guidance recommends adolescents with overweight or obesity attend a family-based multi-disciplinary weight management programme. However, the evidence base regarding the views of adolescents who have attended these weight management programmes, is limited. Understanding the views of adolescents is necessary for planning and developing future interventions and their components. The primary aim of this PhD was to increase understanding of how weight management programmes might best support adolescents with obesity to achieve a healthy weight. Methods This PhD was approached by conducting three research phases: 1) a qualitative systematic review exploring the views of adolescents with overweight or obesity attending lifestyle treatment interventions; 2) Re-analysis of a quantitative systematic review to identify intervention components and combinations of components that lead to effectiveness; 3) Primary qualitative research exploring the perspectives of adolescents and community stakeholders involved in a weight management programme in Wolverhampton. Results Combined findings from these three phases suggest that adolescents should attend an induction session prior to beginning a weight management programme. In addition, programmes should include support around emotional and psychological well-being. Programme design should be tailored to the adolescent age group and individual, and should recognise the value of professional, family and peer support. The views of young people, as well as stakeholders involved in the care of adolescents with obesity, should be considered when designing and developing WMPs for adolescents in the future. Conclusions By pairing qualitative research with what we already know regarding effectiveness, engagement and obesity levels may be improved in the adolescent population. Incorporating the practical delivery of physical activity, alongside professional support, including emotional well-being, should be considered when designing and developing WMPs for adolescents with obesity in the future.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: National Institute for Health Research
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: RC Internal medicine ; RJ Pediatrics ; RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology