An investigation of the UK obesity epidemic

Project Name

An investigation of the UK obesity epidemic: A multi-level systems approach




Jan 2011 to Jan 2018

Project Collaborators

Prof Martin White

Prof Steve Rushton


Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

Project Description


The proposed research will take a systems orientated approach to understand and quantify key pathways within the web of interacting factors that result in obesity. It will review the findings of previous studies that detail the well-established link between diet and exercise and an individual’s resultant BMI. I aim to investigate the complex socio-economic pathways leading to obesity. Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) and Bayesian Belief Network (BBN) frameworks will quantify the relative significance of links between environmental and socio-economic drivers in determining the relationship between the behaviour of an individual and their BMI.