|Dr Joao Breda, Programme Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme, World Health Organisation (Europe)|
|Mr. Tam Fry, Honorary Chairman, Child Growth Foundation, National Obesity Forum, UK|
|Dr Eric Steegers, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherland|
|Prof. Philip James, Chairman, International Obesity Task Force|
|Prof Stefaan de Henauw, Nutrition and Food Safety, University of Gent|
|Mr Adrian Voce, Director, Play England|
Obesity has reached epidemic levels in recent years. Currently, the average obesity rate in the European Union is 15.5%, and even more alarmingly, the prevalence of overweight children was estimated at 30% in 2006.
Since it is difficult to reduce excessive weight once it becomes established, the general consensus amongst researchers is that prevention could be the key strategy for controlling the current epidemic of obesity, and therefore, the focus needs to shift towards children and early intervention strategies. Indeed, despite the numerous initiatives across Europe which include actions on poor diet, nutrition and low physical activities, prevention in early childhood is yet to emerge at the top of the EU agenda.
It is clear that promoting healthy diets and stimulating physical activity alone do not work. This timely International Symposium reignites the debate on how to work towards an effective EU-wide action plan on tackling obesity in children. With a central theme of prevention and early intervention, the symposium not only focuses on the unaddressed very early years of a child’s life but will also highlight the pre-conceptual years and the crucial role played by parents. Some of the key issues to discussed include:
The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate whilst sharing best practices and lessons learned.
|09:00||Registration and Morning Refreshments|
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mr. Tam Fry, Honorary Chairman, Child Growth Foundation, National Obesity Forum, UK (confirmed)
Identifying Obesity in Europe – Using the Right Tools
Prof. Philip James, Chairman, International Obesity Task Force, UK (confirmed)
|10:25||First Round of Discussions|
|10:55||Morning Coffee Break|
Preventing Obesity During and After Pregnancy
Dr Eric Steegers, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Netherlands (confirmed)
|11:30||Second Round of Discussions|
Preventing Obesity through Physical Activity
Mr Adrian Voce, Director, Play England, UK (confirmed)
|12:15||Third Round of Discussions|
The IDEFICS Study: Preventing Obesity in Early Childhood
Prof Stefaan de Henauw, Nutrition and Food Safety, University of Gent, Belgium (confirmed)
|14:00||Fourth Round of Discussions|
|14:30||Afternoon Coffee Break|
Towards a Comprehensive EU-Wide “Pre-School” Approach in Preventing Obesity?
Dr Joao Breda, Programme Manager, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme, World Health Organisation (Europe) (confirmed)
|15:00||Fifth Round of Discussions|
|15:30||Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks|