World Obesity Policy Laboratory

The inaugural Obesity Policy Laboratory is planned to take place in September/October 2016 around the WHO Regional Committees.  We will bring together senior policy-makers and officials from governments and international agencies, creating an environment where they work together through real world examples with international experts in the field of obesity prevention, advancing knowledge and understanding of policy options. 

The aim of the event is to strengthen the ability of policy-makers to create feasible, effective, comprehensive approaches to reducing obesity in their countries and to incorporate these into national policy agendas for non-communicable disease reduction, health and well-being promotion, and creating healthy environments and health promoting economies. 

Most countries are facing a policy challenge to reduce the growing prevalence of adult and childhood obesity and their health consequences.  Senior policy-makers usually carry the responsibility for developing policy responses for governments, yet the policy options are multiple, often heavily contested, and with varying degrees of evidence support and feasibility.  

Providing a laboratory-style workshop where policy options are presented, discussed and developed with other policy-makers and policy researchers will strengthen the policy-makers’ ability to develop their own plans as well as facilitating networking with others around the world who are facing similar challenges.