Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death world-wide, and a priority for many governments. It is caused when we consume more energy than what is spent in physical activity. Mostly this can be related to social factors; however studies of these factors, usually only relate to one side of the energy balance equation. In order to readdress this, there is a need for easily-shared, multi-disciplinary social research into obesity.
The team has developed an eLab, MethodBox - a unique, secure environment for producing, sharing, communicating and finding obesity research between epidemiologists, public health researchers and social scientists.