World Obesity Live - COVID-19, Obesity, and Inequity | World Obesity Federation

World Obesity Live - COVID-19, Obesity, and Inequity

Jun 26, 2020

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the World Obesity Federation and colleagues are running a series of webinars on COVID-19 and obesity.

To date, the webinar series has explored the early evidence for the worsening of COVID-19 symptoms amongst people with obesity, the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for patients and physicians, the impact of COVID-19 on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, national policy responses and telemedicine.

In this sixth webinar we aim to provide a platform for a range of geographical perspectives, and to examine some of the questions and sensitivities surrounding COVID-19, inequity, and obesity risk factors. We want to show the diversity of challenges and responses around the world, and how the interactions between obesity and COVID-19 are context specific and locally adapted approaches required.

In the first half of the webinar participants will first learn more about the complexity of the pandemic and the practical action being taken in different contexts. In the second half they will have the chance to listen to a discussion between speakers and pose questions via Zoom’s Q&A function.


  1. 13:00-13:05   Welcome and introductions by Chair
    • Dr Tolu Oni, University of Cambridge
  2. 13:05 -13:15  Impact of COVID-19 on inequity and obesity risk factors in small island development states
    • Prof Alafia Samuels, The University of the West Indies  
  3. 13:15-13:25   Impact of COVID-19 on obesity risk factors in East Asia Pacific region
    • Fiona Watson, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office
  4. 13:25 -13:30 Unequal impact of lockdown in India
    • Prof Shifalika Goenka, Public Health Foundation of India, Centre for Chronic Disease Control
  5. 13:30-13:58   Panel discussion with questions from audience
  6. 13:58-14:00   Wrap up by Chair

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.

Register now

Register now for the next World Obesity Live webinar on the 26th June at 13:00 BST.