WOF webinar series | World Obesity Federation

WOF webinar series

In response to the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues launched a series of webinars on COVID-19 & Obesity.

The webinars hosted by the World Obesity Federation at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the early evidence for the impact on obesity and people living with obesity. We then decided to focus and explore broader topics including policy implications, the impact of COVID-19 on foods systems, the use of telemedicine and much more. 

The collision of two pandemics: COVID-19 and Obesity

This webinar presented the growing evidence for the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms amongst patients with obesity.

Our excellent panel of speakers included Ada Cuevas (Chile), Soo Lim (Korea), Donna Ryan (USA), Karine Clément (France) and Steve Heymsfield (USA).


People at the Centre: Obesity, COVID-19, and the Patient Perspective

This webinar delved into the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for people at the centre; patients with obesity and physicians.

We were fortunate to be joined by patient representatives Allison Ibrahim (Kuwait) and Vicky Mooney (Ireland). Moreover Rekha Kumar, our colleague on the front line in NYC. Finally, Rachel Batterham (United Kingdom), Alice Pik Shan Kong (Hong Kong) and Abdullah Alozairi (Kuwait).

Children, Obesity and COVID-19: Risk and recommendations for the most vulnerable populations

This webinar explored the implications of COVID-19 for children, and the impact of the pandemic on the treatment and prevention of childhood obesity, a crucial public health concern.

We were delighted to welcome colleagues from members TOS and EASO; Ania Jastreboff (USA) & Grace O’Malley (Ireland). Moreover, panellists from Latin America and the USA; Paula Michele Lashley (Barbados), Jo Jewell (USA) and Simon Barquera (Mexico).

COVID-19 and obesity: Emerging insights and policy implications

This webinar explored the latest data that is emerging on COVID-19 and obesity, with a particular focus on the policy implications and policy response to date on obesity. As it took place a week after the WHO's World Health Assembly, the webinar also reflected on some opportunities for raising the profile of obesity on the global health agenda. 

Our outstanding panel of speakers included colleagues from members including Ximena Ramos Salas (Obesity Canada), Karine Clement (AFERO) and Ricardo Luna (Mexican Society of Obesity). Our panellists also included Francesco Branca (WHO) and John Wilding (University of Liverpool). 

Claiming SCOPE Points

Each webinar has been accredited with 0.5 SCOPE points, which count towards SCOPE Certification. SCOPE Certification is conferred by the World Obesity Federation and is the internationally recognised standard of excellence in obesity management. SCOPE Certification is awarded to health professionals with obesity management experience who have earned 12 SCOPE points.

Please indicate your interest to claim SCOPE points when you register.

CPD Accreditation

The World Obesity Federation endevour to get each webinar CPD Accredited. Accredited CPD training means the learning activity has reached the required Continuing Professional Development standards and benchmarks. The learning value has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality.