Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) is a project which brings together 24 international research and advocacy organisations to generate scientifically sound and policy-relevant evidence on the factors that have contributed to the spread of childhood obesity in European countries, and on the effects of alternative policy options available to address the problem.
The project is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and is led by Imperial College of Science Technology And Medicine, UK. The project engages international partners from different policy-contexts in the United Kingdom, Italy, Estonia, Romania, Portugal, France, Belgium, Slovenia, Sweden, Croatia, Spain, Finland, Switzerland, with additional partners in New Zealand and the USA.
- Generate new trans-disciplinary evidence of the role of key determinants of childhood obesity, emphasising the role of different environments surrounding children, from analyses of detailed multi-dimensional measurements taken on several established EU children cohorts, including epigenetic and biological mediators of obesity.
- Assess the impacts of policies and actions to address childhood obesity based on observations in the same children cohorts and policy simulations of the health, social and economic outcomes of policies.
- Complement, systematise and reframe the findings of established research by leveraging the latest scientific findings.
- Develop a comprehensive set of indicators and a measurement framework for the regular monitoring of relevant dimensions of childhood obesity, its determinants and actions to address it in Europe.
- Develop policy toolkits which provide practical guidance and tools for the design and the implementation of effective and sustainable policies and actions by governments and private sector stakeholders.
- Develop a novel, evidence-based, multi-stakeholder framework, to enable and promote a shared understanding of problems and solutions by key actors, relying on a structured process leveraging cognitive mapping and policy simulations validated by empirical data and empowering individual actors to take action within an agreed accountability and monitoring framework.
- Generate timely, comprehensive and policy-relevant measures of childhood obesity in all European countries
Our role in STOP
As a partner in the STOP consortium, World Obesity will be providing input to the research assessment including evidence reviews of interventions with young children and evaluation of policy-related strategies for tackling obesity. World Obesity will also disseminate the activities and findings of the project, and promote scientific and popular understanding of the project outputs. A stand-alone website hosted by World Obesity will be oriented towards youth and will include relevant findings from the STOP project.
EU Horizon 2020
The STOP project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774548.
For additional information on the project, please contact Matt Pretty on MPretty@worldobesity.org.