Our research is focused on the following four themes:
- Integrated care* for childhood overweight and obesity
- Health-related quality of life
- A broad assessment of the child and its family
- Talking about weight with children and parents
We are working on a solid knowledge base on support and care for children with obesity and children at high risk of developing obesity. This knowledge base includes relevant scientific research and products of practical use for the professional field. We are strongly focussed on generating both scientific and societal impact.
Over the past years, we have conducted research and carried out other actions relating to themes relevant to the support and care for children with overweight and obesity children, such as the integrated care approach, health-related quality of life and talking about weight. This resulted among other things in: scientific articles, education for professionals, fact sheets, a web tool, an animated film, a national model and collaboration between research, policy and practice.
Our work in the coming years will include research as part of the integrated care approach for children with obesity and children at high risk of developing obesity, the development of education for professionals and the revision of the national multidisciplinary evidence based guideline and health care standard for obesity.
*In an integrated care approach, several organisations and professionals work together in a network to provide high-quality and integrated support and care to a particular target group.