The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders

Boden staff

About the Boden Institute

The Boden Institute is a world-leader in research related to obesity, diabetes, nutrition, exercise and eating disorders, with a strong focus on translating research from clinical trials into practice in complex health systems.


The Boden Institute strives to transform care for obesity and eating disorders, expand the understanding of nutrition and exercise in public health and alleviate chronic disease through research, prevention, clinical care, education and policy change.


To reduce the individual and societal impact of obesity, eating disorders and related lifestyle chronic diseases.

Our Research

The Boden Institute is directed by Professor Ian Caterson, who heads up a team of internationally renowned experts including Professors Stephen Colagiuri, Jennie Brand-Miller, Maria Fiatarone
Singh, Tim Gill, Stephen Touyz and Janice Russell, Associate Professors Amanda Salis, Michael Skilton and Tania Markovic, and Dr Sarah Maguire.

The Boden Institute takes a broad approach to combating and preventing obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease. Its researchers have expertise across the whole human life-cycle from pre-gestation to old age, and collectively have the broadest approach and expertise for combating and preventing eating disorders, obesity and lifestyle-related chronic disease assembled in Australia – from specialised clinics to public health systems.

Our unique contributions to research and translation to health systems and practice include:

  • Specialist consultative input into obesity and diabetes prevention, and management research and practice
  • Development and delivery of unique e-therapies for eating disorders, and directing world-wide, large-scale innovative studies in diabetes prevention
  • Improved the evidence base for choice of different obesity treatment options as a result of determining the long-term effects of fast versus slow weight loss on body composition and eating behaviours in different populations (for example, in older adults or people with binge eating disorders).
  • Analysed the cost effectiveness of primary care referral to a commercial provider for weight loss treatment, relative to standard care, thus enabling decisions about optimal ways to treat obesity in the community
  • Pioneered novel methodologies such as the use of comprehensive phenotyping techniques in lifespan cardiovascular health studies in healthy and unwell infants and children
  • Translation of evidence-based packages for eating disorders into online therapy programs made widely available to those not receiving services
  • Assessing the value of Oxytocin to treatment of clinical eating disorders

Professor Ian Caterson is the new President of the World Obesity Federation 2016 - 2018

Professor Ian Caterson AM is the President of the World Obesity Federation for 2016-2018. This follows his two-year term as President-Elect from 2014-2016.

Ian is the Director of the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition Exercise & Eating Disorders and the Boden Professor of Human Nutrition at the University of Sydney. He is a recognised expert on obesity, its causes, prevention and management. Congratulations to Ian for this significant honour.

The World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through their membership they create a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity. For more information, please go to their website