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Postgraduate research project

​​Evaluation of Early LifeLab - an educational intervention to reduce childhood obesity as part of a systems-based approach within a local authority​

Fully funded (UK only)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Medicine
Closing date

About the project

One in 3 children leave primary school overweight or obese, which leads to an increased risk of disease as adults. This project aims to engage and excite children with the science behind the need for:

  • a healthy diet
  • physical activity
  • a positive sleep routine
  • mental wellbeing

With this knowledge and skills, children and their families can consider the choices they make.

Children in the most deprived areas are over twice as likely to be obese than those in more affluent areas. Overweight and obesity can reduce children’s self-esteem and lead to lower educational attainment and behavioural problems. There is a real need for intervention in young children.

You will evaluate the Early LifeLab Health Warriors programme, based on LifeLab’s established programme for secondary schools. You will use qualitative research methods (focus groups, for example) and quantitative ones such as questionnaires to better understand how children's participation in Early LifeLab affects their futures.​ 

This is an exciting time for Early LifeLab, which has received funding from Southampton City Council to offer the Health Warriors’ programme to all primary schools in Southampton.

External Supervisors

Alongside your University supervisors, your supervisors will include:

  • Dr Ravita Taheem (Public health practitioner, Southampton City Council)
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