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Challenges in delivering a cooking-from-scratch community programme for childhood obesity

05 Aug 2017

Child obesity is a serious public health challenge in the UK. In 2014, 19.9% of children aged 10–11 and 9% aged 4–5 years in Bristol were obese.1 Multicomponent family lifestyle interventions are the treatment of choice to improve weight outcomes for obese or overweight children.2 3 Cooking skills interventions are currently being provided in the UK, but few offer practical ‘cooking-from-scratch’ for the whole family.

We conducted a mixed methods feasibility study in a deprived community in Bristol, UK, to evaluate the feasibility of delivering, and the barriers to, ‘Nourish’, a free, multicomponent ‘cooking-from-scratch’ programme for families with childhood obesity. We aimed to recruit 20 families using various routes, including from ‘Alive N Kicking’ (another community-based, weight management programme), Facebook adverts, a local cookery school (Square Food Foundation), visits and flyers at local educational, community and charity settings, and posters/flyers in local libraries, shops, gyms, post...

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood