Childhood Obesity

7 Dec 2016, 15:00 - 17:00
Registration 3.00pm, Chair's Welcome 3.15pm

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

Tel: 020 7219 8377

One fifth of children are overweight or obese when they begin school, and this figure increases to one third by the time they leave primary school. Obesity prevalence among children in both Reception and Year 6 also increases with increased socioeconomic deprivation. The long-awaited childhood obesity plan was published in August 2016, but concerns have been raised as to whether the government’s plan for action will significantly reduce childhood obesity.


A summary of the discussion at the event is available here.


This seminar will take the form of a panel discussion, chaired by Maggie Throup MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity, with leading experts from research and questions from the audience. Discussion will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the government’s plan for action, what more needs to be done and how best to assess what’s working and what’s not. Questions and comments ahead of the event are invited through the hashtag #POSTobesity.


Chair: Maggie Throup MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Adult and Childhood Obesity and member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee

3.00pm                        Registration and Refreshments

3.15pm                        Chair’s Welcome

3.20pm                        Panel discussion, with questions from the audience  

Panel members

Dr Jean Adams, Senior Research Fellow, MRC Epidemiology Unit & Centre for Diet and Activity Research, University of Cambridge

Professor Paul Dobson, Professor of Business Strategy and Public Policy and Head of Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia

Professor Mary Fewtrell, Professor of Paediatric Nutrition, University College London Institute of Child Health

Professor Rebecca Hardy, Scientific Programme Leader, Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, University College London

Gillian Prior, Head of Health and Biomedical Surveys, NatCen Social Research

4.20pm                        Richard Sangster - Team Leader, Obesity Policy Team, Dept of Health

4.30pm                        Refreshments

5.00pm                        Close


To attend please register via Eventbrite by Monday 5th December.

The event is being held in the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House. The entrance to Portcullis House is marked as number 4 on this map of Parliament (PDF PDF 537 KB)Opens in a new window. Please allow twenty minutes to clear security. Let us know if there is anything to make this event more accessible to you.