Policy and prevention

World Obesity / Policy & Prevention (formerly IOTF) was set up to manage and develop the policy and advocacy work of World Obesity.

World Obesity / Policy & Prevention is a global network of experts working to alert the world to the growing health crisis caused by soaring levels of obesity. It works with the WHO, other NGOs and stakeholders to address this challenge.

World Obesity / Policy & Prevention has grown from, and replaces, the International Obesity TaskForce (IOTF), a think tank originally convened in 1995 by Professor Philip James to prepare the first scientific research report on the global epidemic of obesity.  For more information on the history of IOTF click here.

Policy & Prevention Steering Committee

Co-chair: Boyd Swinburn (New Zealand)
Co-chair: Shiriki Kumanyika (USA)
Mary Story (USA)
Terry Huang (USA)
Juan Rivera (Mexico)
Louise Baur (Australia)

World Obesity Ex-officio members:
Tim Lobstein (UK) - Policy Director
Hannah Brinsden (UK) - Policy &Advocacy Researcher
Chris Trimmer (UK) – Executive Director
Walmir Coutinho (Brazil) - President
Philip James (UK) - Outgoing president
Ian Caterson (Australia)– President elect