UCL Population Health Sciences


Turning the tide on childhood obesity

14 February 2024, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

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Join us on 14 February to hear from Dr Oliver Mytton about what local and national governments need to do to turn the tide on childhood obesity.

This event is free.

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Daisy Harvey

In our third Public Health Voices event of the new academic year, we welcome Dr Oliver Mytton, Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Public Health Consultant at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health.

Sadly, childhood obesity has become increasingly common, affecting the health of children and the adults they will become. No country has yet reversed this rising trend. This lecture will focus on why policy makers need to shift attention away from individuals and families, and address the underlying economic, social and environmental factors that shape children and young people’s opportunities to eat well and be active. It will give practical examples of policies that have been shown to help, and how research can be used to inform policy and practice.

The talk will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session chaired by Dr Clare Llewellyn (Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health).

‘Public Health Voices’ is an event series, open to all, which aims to engage with and showcase the importance of interdisciplinarity in public health research and training.