Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for tackling childhood obesity in England - marketing and industry practice, collaborative local approaches and the role of schools

Morning, Thursday, 9th May 2019

Central London


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for tackling childhood obesity in England, examining policy and industry practice.

Key stakeholders and policymakers will consider issues raised in consultation responses on the Government’s Childhood obesity plan for action - looking at TV and online advertising, in-store placement and promotion of HFSS products, the sale of energy drinks to children, and calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector.

They will consider how advertising policy and regulation might develop across the range of media and online platforms and the timelines for any changes - and whether sufficient progress is being made through the voluntary sugar reduction and calorie reduction programmes.

Attendees will also assess options for further action to help make healthier choices easier and what form they might take, drawing on research findings, latest innovative approaches and insights on consumer habits and attitudes. 

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on the role of schools and other education settings in encouraging healthy lifestyles and behaviours, and how leadership and action in this area should be measured.

We expect discussion on investment of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy revenue, the priorities for the forthcoming update of the School Food Standards, and the cross-government School Sport and Activity Action Plan.

Further sessions examine the way forward for collaboration, looking at best practice in the development of local approaches to support for children and families in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

The seminar will discuss how public and private sector bodies can work together to improve prevention and delivery of support - drawing on experience from across local government, the NHS, schools, parent groups, the third sector and industry.

It takes place with the commitment to halving childhood obesity by 2030 in the Government’s Prevention is better than cure policy paper and with the NHS Long Term Plan due out shortly.

The discussion will also be informed by the Whole Systems Approach to Obesity programme - which worked with 11 local authorities to help deliver coordinated actions on childhood obesity - and the new Trailblazer programme which aims to develop local solutions that can be shared across the country.

Keynote Speaker

Richard Sangster

Head, Obesity Policy, Department of Health and Social Care


Timothy Baker

Headteacher, Charlton Manor Primary School, London

Professor Corinna Hawkes

Director, Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London

Sue Eustace

Director of Public Affairs, Advertising Association

Shahriar Coupal

Director, Committees of Advertising Practice