Delegates heard from a wide range of speakers from national organisations, including Cancer Research UK and The Health Foundation, plus local stakeholders from both health and non-health sectors, including NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, Sefton Public health, Merseytravel, Onward Homes and Cheshire and Warrington LEP. Lived experience also features prominently as part of proceedings with a moving presentation from patient advocate Angela Chesworth, who discussed her experience of living with obesity.
Delegates were also given details on two pieces of initial research carried out by the project. Dr Robin Ireland from Health Equalities Group presented key findings from interviews concerning obesity and cancer prevalence with 17 stakeholders conducted between May and June 2022. In addition, members of LJMU’s school of data science presented new quantitative research to develop correlation ‘mind maps’ that account for the statistical relationship between obesity, cancer and deprivation.