There is a wealth of research undertaken that relates to healthy weight, weight management and experiences of obesity. At the University of Hertfordshire our research often seeks to identify and better understand the social and socio-economic determinants of weight-related practices. What is the ‘lived experience’ of being underweight, a healthy weight, overweight or obese for children, teenagers, adults and older adults? How do relative poverty, affluence or ethnicity influence the way populations manage their weight?
We are also concerned with looking at the broader determinants of weight management. How do people negotiate the ‘foodscapes’ that surround them? What factors help or hinder within communities in terms of access to food that is safe, nutritious, and provides a socially acceptable diet?