The symposium was held under Chatham House rules at the New York Academy of Medicine, 23–24 September 2013. Financial support for this conference was received from the Aetna Foundation (see Acknowledgements). Participants included senior members of multilateral and national government agencies, representatives of international non-governmental organizations working in public health and consumer protection, public health research experts and policy analysts. Participants reflected experience in Europe, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA.
Symposium report: the prevention of obesity and NCDs: challenges and opportunities for governments
Version of Record online: 29 MAY 2014
© 2014 The Authors. obesity reviews © 2014 World Obesity
Volume 15, Issue 8, pages 630–639, August 2014
How to Cite
Lobstein, T. and Brinsden, H. (2014), Symposium report: the prevention of obesity and NCDs: challenges and opportunities for governments. Obesity Reviews, 15: 630–639. doi: 10.1111/obr.12193
- Issue online: 17 JUL 2014
- Version of Record online: 29 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 APR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 8 APR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 29 JAN 2014
- Aetna Foundation
- Civil society;
- non-communicable disease;
This paper is written as a briefing document with the aim of providing support to policy-makers and government officials tackling obesity and related non-communicable diseases. It is based on a symposium Obesity and non-communicable diseases: Learning from international experiences1 convened by the International Association for the Study of Obesity (now the World Obesity Federation) and its policy section, the International Obesity TaskForce (now World Obesity – Policy and Prevention). The symposium discussed a wide range of proposals to tackle the consumption of unhealthy food products, including interventions in the market through fiscal policies and marketing restrictions, measures to strengthen public health legislation and measures to limit agri-food company lobbying activities. It recognized the need for government leadership and action in order to reduce preventable deaths while improving economic performance and identified a need for governments to take a systems wide approach to tackling obesity and to work with civil society, especially to monitor the drivers of disease and to hold all stakeholders accountable for progress.