The Politics of Obesity

22 November 2017

Summary of talk

The world’s population is fatter than ever. Is it an unfortunate by-product of rising global affluence? Or an inevitable consequence? After more than 30 years working on nutrition and obesity policies in advocacy organisations, Professor Tim Lobstein will reflect a little on the deep drivers of this extraordinary phenomenon, and how we think it should be tackled. Our analysis of what we should do about it has changed enormously over the decades, from a focus on the individual and the apparent need for better health education, to a focus on the obesogenic environment and the policies that could change those environments, and then an emphasis on the social determinants of ill health and the need for equity and justice, and more recently the framing of obesity in terms of the ‘complex systems’ that shape those social determinants, and the search for points of leverage within those systems. With each decade we have changed the framing, and perhaps each time come a little closer to describing the nature of power relations in a market society and their consequences in human – and planetary – health. 

 

About the presenter
Tim is Director of Policy for the World Obesity Federation, London, and currently a Visiting Professor at the Boden Institute. He has a keen interest in food policy and child health, and has published papers on nutrition security, child obesity and junk food marketing.

 

Please RSVP below so you don't miss out on the opportunity of hearing this distinguished international speaker.  This academic research seminar is proudly brought to you by the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders in the Charles Perkins Centre. 

 

Event details

  • When: 2.00pm - 3.00pm
  • Where:

    Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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  • Cost: Free
  • RSVP: Please RSVP online via the registration table below
  • Contact:
    Mackenzie Fong mackenzie.fong@sydney.edu.au



The Politics of Obesity

Where

Level 6 Seminar Room, Charles Perkins Centre - D17, Johns Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Road), The University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW 2006
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When

22 November 2017


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