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Challenges in delivering a cooking-from-scratch community programme for childhood obesity
  1. Ava Lorenc1,
  2. Helen Cooke1,
  3. Helen McCarthy1,
  4. Laura Birch2,
  5. Julian Hamilton-Shield2,
  6. Elizabeth Thompson1
  1. 1 Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, Bristol, UK
  2. 2 NIHR Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth Thompson, Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine, Rodney House, 2 Portland Street, Bristol BS6 4AL, UK; elizabeth.thompson{at}portlandcentrehealthcare.co.uk

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Child obesity is a serious public health challenge in the UK. In 2014, 19.9% of children aged 10–11 and 9% aged 4–5 years in Bristol were obese.1 Multicomponent family lifestyle interventions are the treatment of choice to improve weight outcomes for obese or overweight children.2 3 Cooking skills interventions are currently being provided in the UK, but few offer practical ‘cooking-from-scratch’ for the whole family.

We conducted a mixed methods feasibility study in a deprived community in Bristol, UK, to evaluate the feasibility of delivering, and the barriers to, ‘Nourish’, a free, multicomponent ‘cooking-from-scratch’ programme for families with childhood obesity. We aimed to recruit 20 families using various routes, including …

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