Louise Baur is a Sydney-based academic paediatrician with specific interests in many aspects of obesity. She holds the Chair of Child & Adolescent Health at the University of Sydney. In addition, she is a senior consultant paediatrician at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network where she is an active member of Weight Management Services, a multidisciplinary clinical service for children and adolescents affected by moderate to severe obesity.
Louise has made research contributions to the prevention of obesity, especially in early childhood; the complications of obesity; the management of paediatric obesity and related disorders in a variety of clinical settings; the impact of food marketing to children; the antecedents of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in young people; and the measurement of body composition, dietary intake & physical activity in young people. She is Director of the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood.
Louise has very long-standing links with the World Obesity Federation and its former manifestations as the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and the International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF). This includes:
- Founding Editor-in-Chief (2005-2010; since then Associate Editor) of the journal Pediatric Obesity
- Childhood Obesity Ambassador (since 2019)
- Many roles within the IOTF/ Policy & Prevention Committee (Co-Chair since 2019)
- Member of the International Scientific Committee (since 2011)
- Co-Author of IOTF’s 2004 report to WHO when the issue of paediatric obesity was raised as a major issue internationally, including in low and middle income countries. This report was then published in Obesity Reviews and is that journal’s most highly cited publication: Lobstein T, Baur L, Uauy R. Obesity in children and young people: A crisis in public health. Obesity Reviews 2004; 5:4-104
- Active delegate/ speaker at ICO/WOF conferences
- Active member of the Australia & New Zealand Obesity Society
Louise is a Founding Fellow (FAHMS) and Member of Council of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences. In 2010 Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine and to the community. She has long-standing experience in working with a variety of public sector and NGO Boards.