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Closing the gaps in obesity care: The need for a strategic system-wide approach

Zoom, 07/03/2024

Expert panel session – 7 March 2024 at 9:00 CET and 17:00 CET


In recent years, we have started to see a greater understanding of obesity as a chronic disease amongst policy and decision makers and, as a result, an emerging shift in the narrative on obesity being the responsibility of the individual, to a shared responsibility requiring multi-sectoral input. 

To explore the impact this has had on care provision, the Obesity Policy Engagement Network (OPEN)* undertook surveys of healthcare professionals and healthcare decision makers in 8 countries globally to understand more about the current care being delivered and perceptions that influence decision-making and delivery of care. 

This panel discussion will explore the results obtained, highlighting existing gaps and barriers to optimal care and discuss how advocates, policy and decision makers can help to overcome these gaps and deliver a health system response which delivers informed targeted action in obesity and ensures that services to prevent, treat and manage the disease meet the needs of those living with obesity.  


Emeritus Professor Brian Oldfield (Moderator), Department of Physiology, Monash University, former President of the Asia Oceania Association for the Study of Obesity (AOASO) and Vice President of the World Obesity Federation (WOF)

Professor John Dixon, Adjunct Professor, Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VP, NACOS AU

Professor Paolo Sbraccia, Internal Medicine in the Department of Systems Medicine of the University of Rome Tor Vergata

Vicki Mooney, Executive Director, European Coalition for People living with Obesity (ECPO)

Associate Professor Dr. Zubaidah Nor Hanipah, Clinical Consultant in General Surgery, Bariatric, and Metabolic Surgery, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Please register your attendance.

 March 7th at: 8:00 PST | 11:00 EST | 13:00 BRT | 17:00 CET |Register here|

March 7th at: 9:00 CET | 16:00 MYT | 19:00 AEDT |Register here|

* The Obesity Policy Engagement Network (OPEN) is a partnership programme between the Obesity Society, the European Association of the Study of Obesity, the World Obesity Federation, the European Coalition for People living with Obesity, the Global Obesity Patient Alliance and Novo Nordisk, to improve obesity care internationally. OPEN was initiated and is funded by Novo Nordisk. The Models of Care surveys conducted by OPEN were carried out with input from OPEN partners and national OPEN networks. This session has been organized by the OPEN Global Secretariat.