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Apr 2017 A recent BBC TV programme hosted by Professor Rachel Batterham, a world leading expert in obesity, highlighted the problems associated with obesity prejudice in the NHS.


Feb 2017 The Endocrine Society have just issued new Clinical Practice Guidelines advising healthcare professionals on how to assess, prevent and treat childhood obesity.


Recruit a Patient




We are always happy to receive new referrals to the Genetics of Obesity Study (GOOS).  We require some clinical and anthropometric information and blood samples for measurement of leptin, insulin and for DNA extraction.



The entry criteria for our study are:

Severe obesity (BMI > 3SD above the mean) of early onset (before age 10 years).

We are particularly interested in patients:


  1. from consanguineous families
  2. with a family history of early-onset obesity
  3. with developmental delay


If you have any questions about the suitability of a patient, which samples to send, how to send them or any other questions, please contact us

Download the “GOOS information pack” for all the information necessary for you to refer a patient



We also have an information leaflet for healthcare professionals. Download it here.