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In the community with Edgar Diabetes and Obesity Research

We are committed to sharing our knowledge and discoveries with communities.

We have:

  • Conducted one of the first controlled studies, internationally, to show that community-based approaches are successful in reducing childhood obesity
  • Established there is potential to reduce diabetes in a high risk Māori community
  • Demonstrated that lifestyle intervention offers additional benefits even when current diabetic drug treatments have been optimised
  • Shown that a range of dietary approaches are effective in treating and preventing type 2 diabetes

Population and public health

Our work looking at NZ's population and specific sectors of the community helps influence evidence-based health policies.
Ngati and Healthy: Prevent diabetes project

We also encourage dissemination of our findings through research symposia, meetings, media and health advocacy networks.
TV3 Re-Think, 13 Dec 2016 - Dr Lisa Te Morenga discusses healthy lifestyle choices (Season 2 Episode 36; 25mins)

Where does responsibility lie?

The Centre has held a series of symposia looking at where responsibility lies in addressing obesity and diabetes from a public health perspective:

We also provide expertise and support to a number of organisations working in the diabetes and obesity sector.

Family and community

Our work has included family and community-wide initiatives to minimise risk of obesity and diabetes.

VIDEO: The Obesity Epidemic. (14 mins mp4) Watch our video and see if there are some ideas you can use to make your community a healthier environment.

Read about our research:

Personal health

Our research incorporates management and care aspects of diabetes and obesity. Some of our studies about personal health include: