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Next steps for tackling obesity - Government strategy and priorities for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and the Office for Health Promotion

Morning, Friday, 1st April 2022


This conference will examine the Government’s strategy for tackling obesity in the UK and the wider policy landscape impacting obesity reduction - looking at the likely impact on outcomes and stakeholders.


Delegates will also discuss priorities for the newly-launched Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the Office for Health Promotion (OHP) in improving public health following COVID-19.


It follows the announcement of measures to be implemented in April 2022 to reduce obesity rates in the UK, including the HFSS food advertising watershed, calorie labelling for the out-of-home sector, and a reform of weight management services available nationally and locally.


We are pleased to include keynote contributions from Professor Jonathan Valabhji, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS; and Professor Paul Gately, Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University; and Chief Executive, MoreLife. We are also pleased to include further contributions from Behavioural Insights Team, Advertising Association; and Charlton Manor Primary School.


Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Evaluating the Tackling Obesity 2020 strategy and the potential effectiveness of its measures in addressing the obesity crisis in the UK, particularly while recovering from COVID-19
  • Preparing for its implementation, compliance and challenges and opportunities for individuals, public health bodies, the food and drink and hospitality sectors, and other stakeholders
  • How the strategy fits into wider public health developments, such as the publication of the Food Strategy White Paper in response to the National Food Strategy
  • Priorities and the role of newly-created institutions, the OHID and the OHP, and initiatives being rolled out in addressing obesity and related issues such as health inequalities
  • International perspectives and approaches to the obesity problem, and what can be learned from best practice examples outside the UK


Keynote Speaker

Professor Jonathan Valabhji

National Clinical Director of Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England

Keynote Speakers

Professor Paul Gately

Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University; and Chief Executive, MoreLife

Professor Jonathan Valabhji

National Clinical Director of Obesity and Diabetes, NHS England

Speakers

Alex Rowberry

Consumer Insight Director, Public Sector & Nutrition, Kantar

Hugo Harper

Director of Health, Behavioural Insights Team

Sue Eustace

Director of Public Affairs, Advertising Association

Tim Baker

Headteacher, Charlton Manor Primary School

Dr Justin Varney

Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council

Jim Winship

Director, The British Sandwich and Food to Go Association