World Obesity / Policy & Prevention (formerly IOTF)

World Obesity / Policy & Prevention 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.

Overview of World Obesity / Policy & Prevention activities:

/ Leadership: - works with governments, the WHO and other NGOs to shape world-wide policies and practices

/ Knowledge exchange: - defines new analytical tools, collects and disseminates the evidence

/ Networks - promotes research consortia; forms expert networks; Fosters Dialogue, finds consensus

/ Advocacy: - Publishes report to present the facts and the arguments; guides the debates

World Obesity / Policy & Prevention Steering Committee
Chair Shiriki Kumanyika
Co-Chair Boyd Swinburn
  Kelly Brownell
  Walmir Coutinho
  Aileen Robertson
Secretariat Tim Lobstein


A Scientific Advisory Council for World Obesity / Policy & prevention will be established following the formal launch of World Obesity and ICO2014.

To view the main World Obesity / Policy & Prevention pages please click here