Obesity in Europe – time for a new approach?

Exploring the paradigm shift towards obesity as an NCD

Thursday, 3 October 2019 | 16:00-18:30 | Room 1

Organised by European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)

What would happen if Europe approached obesity like other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and focused on addressing the biological causes in approaches to policy along the obesity continuum? This dynamic, participatory session invites you to explore the possible outcomes of a whole system approach to obesity prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management across Europe and the disruptive policy interventions which may be necessary to bring sustainable impact.

We will leverage recent research, identifying challenges and exploring the issue from a wide range of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to join us in our opening fishbowl debate, as well as work in groups to co-define ideal futures and come to consensus over creative solutions for the policy interventions we need to get us there.

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Speakers & panellists


  • Michele Cecchini, Senior Health Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Abd Tahrani, NIHR Clinician Scientist, University of Birmingham
  • Sasa Jenko, Head of Sector Public Health Research, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission
  • Susanna Lehtinen-Jacks, Co-Chair, EASO Public Health Task Force
  • Anne-Sophie Joly, Patient Advocate, European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO)
  • Martin Prázný, Member, International Diabetes Federation (IDF Europe)


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