Priority Research Centre for


Obesity is a significant community health problem that requires an urgent and informed response. To successfully combat this epidemic, clinicians and health care systems require feasible, effective and evidence-based treatment options that can be provided to large numbers of people.

Our theme's work is focused on the development and testing of innovative weight loss education programs that 'target' and are 'tailored' to different populations (e.g. men, women, fathers, mothers & children) in different settings (e.g. schools, communities & workplaces).

Current Research Programs

DADEE (Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered) is a world-first lifestyle program targeting fathers as the agents of change to improve their daughters’ physical activity levels, sport skills and social-emotional wellbeing.

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids (HDHK) is a community-based, multi-award winning program, aimed at engaging fathers in positive lifestyle role modelling and effective parenting strategies to improve the physical activity and dietary behaviours of both themselves and their children.

Healthy Youngsters, Healthy Dads is the world’s first family health program targeting fathers & their preschool-aged children. Evidence-based parenting strategies to improve family eating, physical activity, optimising child physical & mental wellbeing: HYHD Facebook Page

Workplace POWER (Preventing Obesity Without Eating like a Rabbit), is a multi-award winning, evidence-based program teaching men how to adopt a realistic and sustainable approach to weight loss – without having to eat like a rabbit or give up beer.

The low-cost SHED-ITTM (Self Help Exercise and Diet Using IT) program motivates men to lose weight using a range of resources including the internet, a DVD and printed materials, without requiring any face-to-face contact.

Selected Publications

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Morgan PJ, Young MD, Smith JJ, Lubans DR, 'Targeted Health Behavior Interventions Promoting Physical Activity: A Conceptual Model', Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 44 71-80 (2016) [C1] DOI 10.1249/JES.0000000000000075
Invited paper from a leading international journal outlining a conceptual model for the design and delivery of targeted physical activity interventions.

Article has an altmetric score of 20
Young MD, Callister R, Collins CE, Plotnikoff RC, Aguiar EJ, Morgan PJ, 'Efficacy of a Gender-Tailored Intervention to Prevent Weight Regain in Men over 3 Years: A Weight Loss Maintenance RCT', OBESITY, 25 56-65 (2017) [C1]. DOI  10.1002/oby.21696
Reports clinically significant weight loss maintenance 3 years following a low cost intervention using on-line and printed resources, without any face-to-face contact.
Article has an altmetric score of 123

Morgan PJ, Young MD, Lloyd AB, Wang ML, Eather N, Miller A, et al., 'Involvement of Fathers in Pediatric Obesity Treatment and Prevention Trials: A Systematic Review', PEDIATRICS, 139 (2017) [C1] DOI 10.1542/peds.2016-2635
Systematic review of 213 RCTs that was featured in global news reports via Reuters International news agency and revealed the dearth of father involvement in pediatric obesity interventions.

Morgan, P.J., Barnes, A.T., Young, M.D., Pollock, E.R., Eather, N. & Lubans, D.R. (2018). Engaging Fathers to Increase Physical Activity in Girls: The ‘Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered’ (DADEE) Randomized Controlled Trial’, Annals of Behavioral Medicine,
Reports outcomes of the multi-award winning DADEE program. The first RCT in any field that has targeted the father-daughter relationship.

Article has an altmetric score of 19

Morgan PJ, Lubans DR, Plotnikoff RC, Callister R, Burrows TL, Fletcher R, et al., 'The 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids' community effectiveness trial: Study protocol of a community-based healthy lifestyle program for fathers and their children', BMC Public Health, 11 876 (2011) [C3] DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-11-876
Reports positive outcomes from the world’s first lifestyle program targeting fathers.