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World Obesity Live: Obesity in Africa - an emerging challenge and a regional perspective

Jun 22, 2021

Training & EventsEventsWorld Obesity Live: Obesity in Africa - an emerging challenge and a regional perspective

Many countries in Africa are experiencing alarming increases in overweight and obesity, such as South Africa where rates for adult females are among the highest in the world. 

In countries facing both undernutrition and overweight, the challenges of malnutrition in all its forms are one of the main drivers, along with the increased obesogenic environment including limited access to healthy foods and significant marketing of health-harming products.  This session will provide an overview of obesity in several African countries and address how different perspectives and drivers of obesity contribute to some of the challenges.  

Date and time

  • Tuesday 22nd June 2021
  • 16.00 – 17.30 BST / 18:00 – 19:30 EAT / 17:00 – 18:30 SAST

Learning Objectives

  • Raising awareness of the challenges that are faced in parts of Africa and how obesity is being amplified by COVID.
  • Health Systems in Africa: Addressing the importance of education, physical activity and nutrition and understanding the challenges of undernutrition, overweight and poverty.
  • Preparations for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021: A focus on better food systems and access to nutritional food.

Time (EAT)



18:00 – 18:05

Welcome and Introductions

Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation, UK

18:05 – 18:15

Obesity in Africa: An overview

Prof. Carel Le Roux, Co-Director Metabolic Medicine Group Diabetes Complications Research Centre Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland

18:15 – 18:25

Childhood Obesity and the importance of early intervention, including working with schools

Amonje Moses, Founder and Executive Director, Wellness for Greatness Kenya, Kenya

18:25 – 18:35

Obesity as a priority in Kenya and its impact on Covid-19

Veronica Kirogo, Director, Division of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Ministry of Health, Kenya

18:35 - 18:45

UN Food Systems Summit 2021: Food systems and obesity

Dr Francesco Branca, Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO, Geneva

18:45 – 18:55

The role of Kenya's Competency-based Curriculum (CBC) in addressing Obesity through Physical Education and Nutrition

Jaqueline Onganyo, Senior Deputy Director, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Kenya

18:55 – 19:25

Obesity as a disease and driver of other NCDs across Africa: Panel of practitioners, patients and government representation

Kingsley Akinroye, Nigerian Heart Foundation, Nigeria

Dr Catherine Karekezi, NCD Alliance of Kenya, Kenya

Prof. Jean Claude M’banya, University of Yaounde, Cameroon

Ogweno Stephen, CEO Stowelink, Kenya

19:25 – 19:30

Summary and close

Johanna Ralston, CEO, World Obesity Federation, UK

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