Co-ordinating research on prevention within and across countries
In collaboration with the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The prevalence of obesity and related chronic health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers, continues to increase worldwide, despite widespread recognition of their enormous humanitarian and economic costs. Attempts to combat the epidemic in adults have met with disappointing results. Obesity in infancy and childhood is rising rapidly and is of particular concern as it is a harbinger of adult obesity and adverse life-long health; therefore protecting children must be an urgent global priority.
A new approach to tackling the early life origins of overweight and obesity based upon the preconception, pregnancy and childhood periods, as well as addressing the obesogenic environment, would be visionary and potentially highly effective, but requires implementation of a complex strategy. To discuss this concept, the consultation will brought together a range of international leaders from across a spectrum that included professional organisations, international agencies, policy developers, funding bodies and researchers in infant, childhood and adolescent obesity prevention.
An article discussing the findings from the consultation has been published in The British Medical Journal and can be read here.