Preconception Health, Obesity and Pregnancy

19 Oct 2016, 17:00 - 19:00

Macmillan Room, Portcullis House

Tel: 02072198377

In the UK, over 50% of women aged 25-34 – the peak reproductive years – are overweight or obese. Excess weight is associated with diabetes,cardiovascular disease, cancers and decreased fertility. In pregnancy, obesity is a direct cause of increased risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

At this event leading experts from research will discuss the consequences of a woman’s health before and during pregnancy for subsequent generations. POST is delighted to collaborate with the Food Foundation on this event.


Chair: Baroness Jenkin of Kennington
  • 5.00pm Registration and refreshments
  • 5.15pm Chair's welcome
  • 5.20pm Professor Lucilla Poston, Head of Division Women’s Health, King’s College London.
    Pregnancy and obesity; problems for the mother and her unborn child - but what can we do?
  • 5.35pm Professor Mark Hanson, British Heart Foundation Professor and Director of the Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southampton.
    The importance of pre-conception interventions in addressing the challenge of obesity.
  • 5.50pm Emma Reed, Deputy Director of the Childhood Obesity Branch, Department of Health
  • 6.05pm Discussion
  • 6.30pm Refreshments
  • 7.00pm Close
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