PhD study: The implementation of a pledge scheme to promote behaviour change in people who are overweight or obese

Greater ManchesterMental Health
Start Date: 1 Jan 2015 End Date: 31 Mar 2016

What are the aims of the study?

  1. Understand the problems overweight or obese people face when trying to lose weight
  2. Design a pledge to increase people’s commitment to their weight loss goals. It’s hoped that this will increase weight loss for people who attend weight loss groups in Greater Manchester.

Why is it important?

Being overweight or obese increases the chances of having other conditions, like diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancers. Not only do conditions related to being overweight or obese have big impacts on people’s lives, but they also currently cost the government approximately £6 billion a year, and this is expected to rise to £10-12 billion by 2030. The increased costs and risks associated with being obese or overweight makes weight loss a major public health issue.

Who is the PhD student?

Nia Coupe has previous experience of working with the NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester as a researcher on the COINCIDE trial, as well as various other research trials within The University of Manchester. Nia is based at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology at The University of Manchester.

Who else is involved?

This PhD is being supervised by Dr Sarah Peters and Dr Sarah Cotterill.

Nia Coupe