Governing Obesity consists of five work packages, all involving different faculties and disciplines. For a visual overview of the cooperative relations between the work packages, please see the figure below.

Societal framings (work package 1)

This work package addresses the issue of responsibility for obesity ranging from the political to the individual level with specific focus on the ethical and other dilemmas to which obesity interventions give rise.

Early life interventions (work package 2)

This work package addresses the scientific basis for early interventions to reduce obesity later in life through biomedical, genetics, historical, sociological and epidemiological approaches.

Lifestyle routines (work package 3)

By combining biomedical and ethnological approaches this work package addresses the health effects of physical activity in overweight adults and the potentials and barriers towards physical activity becoming a daily routine.

Gastric bypass (work package 4)

This work package addresses the multiple factors determining the large variation of weight loss after bariatric surgery in severely obese adults towards establishing means of identifying patients not likely to benefit sufficiently from surgery and patients who need improved support following surgery. The role of gene-environment interactions is addressed and integrated across work packages 2, 3 and 4.

Interdisciplinary knowledge production (work package 5)

This work package is a ‘meta project’ that explores and documents GO as a novel interdisciplinary approach within obesity research and further analyzes the practical dimensions of organizing interdisciplinary research with the aim of showing ‘best practices’ in this area.

Overview and interconnection of the five work packages (WP) in Governing Obesity