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 | Conference Centre 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 of the EASO Public Health Task Force, European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) & Lecturer in Health Sciences, Tampere University, Finland

ANNE-SOPHIE JOLY, Patient Advocate, European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO)

MARTIN PRAZNY, Member, International Diabetes Federation (IDF Europe)


JACQUELINE BOWMAN-BUSATO, Policy Lead, European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO)

MICHAEL CREEK, Senior Advisor, Third-i

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NameCecchini, Michele
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NameLehtinen-Jacks, Susanna
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