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Jul 2017 A new paper has been published, following our study which shows that the hormone oxytocin modulates how our brain responds to food pictures.


Jul 2017 In a study just published in the journal Scientific Reports we looked at a large number of genes in over 4000 children with severe obesity from the GOOS cohort.


Useful Links


We have identified a number of useful website links which we hope may be a source of information to our patients and families.

If you have any links that you think may be of interest to others, please Contact Us, so that we can include them.
The resources provided within this section are provided without warranty. Professor Farooqi’s team are not responsible for the content of external links.


Clothing and Equipment


Big Matters
Useful for finding anything from clothing to current information about health matters for those that have weight problems.


B&M Supplies
Suppliers of children’s large nappies and other aids and equipment.


Sturdy Kids

Sturdy Kids
Clothes and accessories for large or tall children. School uniform to jeans. Also provide an alteration service.



Weight Problems


Weight Concern
A charity set up to address the rising problem of weight problems in the UK, with an emphasis on both the physical and psychological health needs of overweight people.


HENRY is a national charity aiming to give babies and young children a healthy start in life and helping to prevent childhood obesity.




Support and information


Contact a family

UK charity for families with disabled children. Has useful advice and information on benefits.


Carers UK

A charity set up to provide support and information to people who care for family or friends. Plenty of useful advice on how to seek help.



For advice and support for children, parents, individuals and schools on dealing with bullying.







Genetic Alliance UK
A national charity of patient organisations supporting those affected by genetic disorders. Has a good “genetic resource centre” where you can learn more about genetics and genes.



Wellcome Trust (Sanger Institute), with animations, activities and a glossary of the terms used in genetics.




Bariatric Surgery


NHS Choices
Information on weight loss surgery.


Obesity Weight Loss Surgery Support (OWLSS)
Providing support for those that have had weight loss surgery.


Weight Loss Surgery information and Support (WLSinfo)
A comprehensive resource providing information and support on all aspects of weight loss surgery




Lifestyle programmes


Provides healthy lifestyle programmes for children and families in local communities. Also has information about obesity.