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Policy Laboratory: Obesity and food system actions under the microscope

Jul 13, 2021

Training & EventsEvents Policy Laboratory: Obesity and food system actions under the microscope

As we reach the halfway point of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, there is an urgent responsibility to ensure global food systems can deliver healthy and sustainable diets for everyone.

COVID-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in current food systems, surrounding environments, and the absence of processes to protect the health of often-forgotten and/or vulnerable populations, including people living with obesity. While under-nutrition, over-nutrition and bad nutrition risk being exacerbated because of the ongoing pandemic and increased levels of food insecurity, action on strengthening food systems and combatting the commercial determinants of health is urgently needed to improve the food environments and protect our global community.

In September 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit will be convened to drive progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, followed by the Nutrition for Growth Summit in December. World Obesity’s policy laboratory webinar will explore food system’s central role in addressing the obesity pandemic. Through several case studies, our speakers will aim to highlight best practices on what has or should be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food systems for everyone.


  • Date: 13th July
  • Time: 13:00-14:45pm BST

The event precedes the launch of World Obesity’s policy dossier on food systems, and a briefing on the topic in September.

Policy Laboratory

In September 2021, the UN Food Systems Summit will be convened to drive progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, followed by the Nutrition for Growth Summit in December. World Obesity’s policy laboratory webinar will explore food system’s central role in addressing the obesity pandemic. Through several case studies, our speakers will aim to highlight best practices on what has or should be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food systems for everyone.

The event precedes the launch of World Obesity’s policy dossier on food systems, and a briefing on the topic in September.

Webinar Objectives

  1. To increase awareness and understanding of food systems, including priority polices required to address obesity that should be advocated for at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
  2. To increase understanding of the role of food systems in driving the obesity epidemic, including the impact of COVID-19 on global nutrition and food supply disruptions and current food systems goals
  3. To advance the Global Syndemic narrative, which highlights the need for double and triple duty actions to address the growing burden of undernutrition, overnutrition and climate change.
  4. To present recommendations and country specific case studies on policies and interventions that have been or could be implemented to achieve healthier, more sustainable, safer, and equitable food systems.

Coming soon.

Part 1 – Setting the stage for collective action 

13:00-13:10 Setting the scene – Tim Lobstein, Senior Policy Advisor, World Obesity Federation

13:10-13:20 Impact of COVID-19 on global nutrition and food systems goals - Nancy Aburto, Deputy Director of Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

13:20-13:30 Securing nutritious diets for children and adolescents – Jo Jewell (UNICEF)

13:30-13:35 Shifting to Sustainable Consumption – The Food Systems Summit as an opportunity to move forward together – Lana Weidgenant, Vice chair of Shifting to Sustainable Consumption, Food Systems Summit

13:35-13:40 Q&A


Part 2 – Lessons from around the world 

13:40-13:50 The Food Sustainability Index: promoting knowledge and best practices from countries across the world - Marta Antonelli, Head of Research, Barilla Foundation, BCFN Speech Report

13:50-14:00 Europe’s Farm to Fork Strategy – Nikolai Pushkarev, Policy Coordinator Food Systems & NCD Prevention, European Public Health Alliance

14:00-14:10 Ultra-Processed Foods and Food Systems Sustainability: The missing link in the UNFSS? – Maria Laura Louzada

14:10-14:20 Local Health System and Community Responses to Climate Change in the Philippines – Renzo Guinto

14:20-14:40 Panel Discussion (All)

14:40-14:45 Wrap-up and closing remarks – Tim Lobstein, Senior Policy Advisor, World Obesity Federation

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Register for the next Policy Laboratory 'Obesity and food system actions under the microscope' on the 13th July here. 

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