Public insight from C&M
Year 1 of the project also sought to gain valuable insight from members of the public concerning overweight, obesity and how this can be addressed across Cheshire and Merseyside.
A public facing survey was developed by HEG and was open for an 8-week period in Autumn 2022. The primary objective of the survey was to collect the opinions and ideas of adults (18+) based in Cheshire and Merseyside about their understand of living with overweight and obesity, and the extent to which they thought this is an issue for the region.
Secondary objectives of the survey were to collect ideas on policy change and direct interventions addressing rates of overweight and obesity, and measurement of public awareness concerning the association between overweight, obesity and cancer prevalence. The survey received a total of 327 validated responses between 23 September – 25 November 2022.
Six focus groups were held in partnership with third sector organisations who are best placed to engage and represent the views of their community. The views of older and young people, those living with a disability, and those from a Black and Asian ethnic origin were considered in special interest focus groups. One group was also established in one of the most socio-economically disadvantaged areas of the region. All the groups, except those with young people which were conducted online, were held in person in venues across Cheshire and Merseyside.