Childhood obesity and excess weight are significant health issues for children and their families, potentially causing serious health implications for a child’s physical and mental health that can remain with them into adulthood. According to the NHS, in 2022/23 one in five children are classed as obese, the unhealthy habits of young people are a national public health concern. In response the NHS has announced plans to open 10 new specialist clinics across England to support children and young people who are severely obese, which is double the ambition set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Through collaborative working and innovative approaches, local authorities, healthcare services and schools can build upon existing good to tackle child obesity and provide a healthy future for the next generation.

  • In 2022/23, at age 10-11, 7% children were obese and 14.3% overweight (NHS Digital, 2023)
  • Only 45% of children and young people met the Physical Activity Guidelines of sixty minutes or more a day (Sport England Active Lives, 2020)
  • A study published in PLOS ONE in 2022 highlighted that there is an extra 56,000 people living with obesity post-pandemic, costing the economy £8.7 billion
  • The poorest fifth of UK households would need to spend 47% of disposable income on food to meet cost of Gov ‘Eat well guide’ (Food Foundation, 2022)

Join us at The Tackling Childhood Obesity Conference 2024 to hear the latest policies and updates to tackle child obesity across the country. Engage with best practice case studies addressing how to promote healthy eating amongst young children, collaborating with parents and other stakeholders, and overcoming food poverty to ensure children from all backgrounds have a chance to live a healthy life. You will also have an opportunity to network with other professionals from the public and voluntary sectors to share common challenges and initiate support for obese children you work with.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes on the latest initiatives on tackling child obesity in from policymakers and leading experts

✓ Case studies showing best practice in strategies that promote healthy eating and exercise for young children

✓ A wide range of topics including engaging with parents, utilising technology and early life interventions

✓ Network with senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sectors

✓ Gain 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including healthcare, and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 ✓Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Professor Janis Baird, Professor of Public Health & Epidemiology, University of Southampton (invited)

  • Keynote: National Approach on Overcoming Child Obesity: Updates from the Government

    • All Our Health: national updates on promoting healthier lifestyles and encouraging physical activity among children
    • Insights into national programmes to tackle child obesity in school settings
    • Delivering whole-system approaches to reduce drivers of excess calorie intake and sedentary lifestyles
    • The NCMP Tool: advice for local authorities on understanding local needs and trends relating to childhood obesity
    • Recording and measuring the impact of your work in overcoming child obesity: key tips

    Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (invited)

  • Keynote: Implementing Wholescale Changes to Promote Healthier Eating in Young Children

    • Insights into the latest trends and national data on childhood obesity
    • Co-producing child obesity interventions to generate diverse and child-centred ideas
    • Guidance on overcoming junk food advertising and food options to instead promote healthier alternatives to young children
    • Addressing the social determinants of obesity and adapting support for lower-income children and families

    Paul Gately, Interim CEO, Obesity UK, Professor of Exercise and Obesity, Leeds Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Using Multi-Agency Partnerships to Encourage Healthy Activity in Young Children

    • Strategies for recording data on children’s health to ensure progress can be monitored and reported against
    • Developing protocols and systems for sharing health data with relevant local agencies involved in child welfare, education, and public health
    • Tips on creating and maintaining effective multi-agency partnerships to foster a wrap-around approach for tackling obesity
    • Advice on identifying and engaging with hard-to-reach children to encourage physical activity and movement

    Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health, Liverpool City Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Preventing Child Obesity Through Early-Life Interventions

    • LifeLab: developing an education programme to prevent child obesity locally
    • Teaching toolkits: providing schools with equipment and resources to educate pupils about obesity and health
    • Tips on maintaining relationships across multiple stakeholders maximise reach when promoting healthy eating
    • Facilitating family-centred interventions that involve parents and caregivers in promoting healthy habits from early childhood

    Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health, Southampton City Council (invited)

  • Case Study: Strategies for Engaging with Parents on Healthy Eating Habits for Children

    • Providing constant and clear communication with parents about food choices to build trust and confidence
    • Giving children greater autonomy over their food choices from a selected healthy menu to promote routine and independence of healthy eating
    • Implementing feedback systems to create up a frequent engagement channel between parents and schools
    • Creating newsletters and visual communication to promote healthy eating to young students and inform parents of positive steps being made

    Kate Holland, PSHE Lead, Northborough Primary School (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Case Study: Taking a Child-First Approach to Managing Excess Weight

    • Taking a multidisciplinary approach to provide the most efficient support to young people dealing with weight management
    • Developing resources in a culturally sensitive way to tackling child obesity in minority communities
    • Tailoring weight care packages to the specialist needs of the child and family
    • Collaborating with schools and communities to centre child experiences and voices in overcoming obesity

    Dr Venita Patel, Community Paediatrician, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Using Artificial Intelligence Technology to Improve Weight Management Results

    • Strategies for addressing low completion rates of child weight management programmes
    • Ask Teddi: producing digital tools that parents can use for supporting obese children
    • Using artificial intelligence to tailor information to individual needs and offer parents and carers a responsive toolkit of evidence-based advice
    • Training frontline staff to use technologies to improve their awareness and confidence when promoting it among service users
    • Maintaining frequent feedback loops with staff and users to improve weight management programmes

    Maria Payne, Strategic Lead – Public Health, Thurrock Council (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in tackling child obesity in children. Share your experiences and discuss key strategies with senior colleagues from a range of sectors to create innovative strategies in overcoming child obesity.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Transforming School Culture to Foster a Healthy Environment for Children

    • Providing alternatives to junk food and marketing new healthy food options to students
    • Ensuring the pupilvoice is included in consultations over food available in school
    • Tips for engaging with students to encourage greater water intake
    • Creating accessible spaces to encourage pupils to eat healthy meals instead of grab-and-go snack options 

    Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, Tower Hamlets Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Making Healthy Food Accessible to Tackle Disproportionate Child Obesity Levels

    • Providing support to lower-income families through showcasing the availability of nutritious food
    • Redesigning how food products are presented to customers to draw attention healthy options
    • Framing language around food to be inclusive for children from all backgrounds and experiences
    • Sharing effective campaigning techniques that best convey healthy eating messaging to children

    Louise Foreman, Portfolio Manager, Impact on Urban Health (invited)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals who work with children in schools, local authorities, healthcare and the voluntary sector.

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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