Morning, Wednesday, 27th March 2024
This conference will examine next steps for tackling obesity prevention and care in England, looking at policy developments, options going forward, and implications for stakeholders and population health.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the future direction of evidence-based obesity policy ahead of an approaching election, in the context of:
- publication of the Tackling obesity: government strategy alongside the Government food strategy white paper
- delays to the HFSS food advertising watershed and multibuy promotional offer restrictions
- NICE approval of the use of weight management drug semaglutide as an option for treating obesity
- publication of the Major Conditions Strategy: case for change and our strategic framework
Delegates will assess priorities for supporting weight management and options for personalised care, evaluating key issues for improving public health and ensuring the safe delivery of treatment for adults and children.
With the initial framework of the Major Conditions Strategy identifying obesity as a key challenge to healthcare and managing conditions, discussion will consider the developing approaches to personalised care, prevention, inequalities and weight management.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Professor Paul Gately, Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University; Kate Halliwell, Chief Scientific Officer, Food and Drink Federation; Dr Parth Patel, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research; and Professor John Wilding, Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician, University of Liverpool. The conference chairs are both vice chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington and Yasmin Qureshi MP.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- policy: impact of approaches being developed through the Major Conditions Strategy - what is needed from key stakeholders to achieve targets - alternative strategies approaching a general election
- prevention: priorities for improving public health - options for HFSS food regulation and taxations
- local health systems: developing local approaches - the role of effective family and mutual support centres - improving accessibility and referrals
- industry: the role of retailers, manufacturers and incentives in tackling obesity - priorities for introducing advertising and promotional restrictions - regulation of HFSS and ultra-processed foods
- evidence-based approaches: strategic pathways and immediate steps for obesity care and prevention in a cost of living landscape - what can be learned from effective policies in the past
- weight management treatments: the role of weight management drugs in patient care - steps for accessibility and sensitivity - considering options for personalised care pathways
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Defra; DHSC; DfE; FSS; FCDO; HM Treasury; NAO; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.