Academics and industry questioned on obesity

08 May 2018

The Health and Social Care Committee hears from academics, industry, and third sector groups, on childhood obesity, focussing on three key themes: advertising and marketing, price promotions and the retail environment, and takeaways.


Tuesday 8 May in Committee Room 18, Upper Committee Corridor, Palace of Westminster

At 4.30pm:

  • Dr Emma Boyland, Senior Lecturer, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool
  • Shahriar Coupal, Director of the Committees, Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice, Advertising Standards Agency
  • Stephen Woodford, Chief Executive, Advertising Association
  • Dan Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Living Loud
  • Professor Russell Viner, Obesity and Health Alliance

At 5.15pm

  • Andrew Opie, Director of Food Policy, British Retail Consortium
  • Malcolm Clark, Policy Manager (Cancer Prevention), Cancer Research UK
  • Dr Jean Adams, Programme Lead, UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
  • Dan Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Living Loud
  • Susan Jebb OBE, Professor of Diet and Population Health at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford   

At 6pm

  • Cllr Richard Kemp CBE, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Liverpool City Council, Local Government Association
  • Chris Holmes, Managing Director, Shift Design
  • Maurice Abboudi, Vice Chair, British Takeaway Campaign
  • Dr Thomas Burgoine, Career Development Fellow, UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)

Purpose of the session

The session will cover the current issues around childhood obesity in England, the successes and failures of the Government’s 2016 ‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action’, and what the next chapter of the Government’s plan needs to include in order to make effective change.

Further information

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