Leicester City Council Insight Research into Obesity and Weight Management Services

The Project

Enventure Research was commissioned by Leicester City Council (LCC) to undertake a programme of qualitative research to inform its review of the healthy weight strategy for the city and the re-commissioning of its adult weight management services.


Research Methods

Four focus groups were held with adults living in the Leicester City Council area who were currently or who had previously accessed some form of weight management programme. An additional eight in depth telephone interviews were completed with health care professionals who worked in the weight management and obesity sector. All respondents came from a mixture of NHS-based and commercial weight management programmes. Focus group participants were additionally stratified to ensure a mixture of ages, genders and ethnicities were represented.


The focus groups each lasted for 90 minutes, with in depth interviews lasting 25 minutes each. Both were moderated by one of Enventure Research’s experienced researchers, who followed a specifically tailored discussion guide. Topics covered in the focus groups and in depth interviews included attitudes towards and experiences of weight management services, motivations for weight loss, barriers to accessing weight management services and perceptions of the ‘ideal’ weight management service.


Results and Benefits to the Client

Key research findings were communicated to the Council in a comprehensive research report. The results built upon previous positive feedback received in relation to NHS- and Council-provided weight management services and provided LCC with some useful suggestions for improvements to the current services available, including raising awareness of services, providing ongoing support and ensuring flexibility in delivery of services. The findings were used to inform the Council’s review of its health weight strategy for Leicester and re-commissioning of its adult weight management services.


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