logo:The Weight Care project


The Weight Care project is an all-Ireland multi-disciplinary research project between the University of Ulster and the National University of Ireland, Galway. This research is funded by Safefood.

Update October 2012

Launch of the Weight Care Project at the all-island Obesity Action Forum Workshop on Tuesday 27th November 2012 in Dublin

Conference presentations

Oral and poster presentations based on the different studies from the Weight Care Project  were presented at the following conferences:
Nutrition Society Conference, Queens University Belfast, June 2012
European Association for Conference in Healthcare / International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, St. Andrews University, Scotland, September 2012
Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland, Dublin September 2012

Previous Research Symposiums

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) – Friday 25th November 2011 at 10am-1pm followed by lunch. further information (pdf)>>

University of Ulster, Jordanstown campus – Friday 2nd December 2011 at 10am-1pm followed by lunch’. further information (pdf)>>


The objectives of this project are:

  1. To assess the attitudes, current practices/behaviours and knowledge of key health professional groups in assessing body weight status
  2. To assess their ability to identify body weight categories in both adults and children on an all-Ireland basis.

The participants will be from four health professional groups:

  1. Public Health Nurses (community; postnatal home/clinic visits and developmental checks);
  2. Public Health Nurses (Schools);
  3. GPs and Practice Nurses (primary care);
  4. Occupational health nurses (workplace), and also from the North and South of Ireland.

This all-Ireland project will consist of four components:

  1. Literature review
  2. Telephone interviews and focus groups
  3. Survey (mainly on-line but also paper-based)
  4. On-line study

Ethical approval is obtained for this project from the following ethical commitees: University of Ulster; Office for Research Ethics Committees Northern Ireland (ORECNI); Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; National University of Ireland, Galway; Health Service Executive, University Hospital Galway.


The findings from this study will be widely disseminated in peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations and a workshop for health professionals with the aim to inform service development.The findings may contribute to enhancing the communication of obesity messages within healthcare. Finally, the results of this study will provide recommendations for clinical practice in tackling obesity, which may contribute to policy guidelines.



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