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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}

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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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  • Contributors AL conducted most of the data collection and analysis. AL and HC recruited participants. LB assisted with data collection and analysis. JHS advised on the study throughout. HM and HC developed the intervention. All authors contributed to the content of the letter.

  • Funding NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Unit in Nutrition, UK

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval University of Bristol Research Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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