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