The Lancet Summit - Childhood obesity: consequences across the life course

March 2-3, 2023 | Virtual | Free to attend

In partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the World Obesity Federation

Join us online for the Lancet Summit - Childhood obesity: consequences across the life course

Book your free place now – but hurry places are limited.

The burden of childhood obesity has increased substantially over the past 50 years, and although prevalence has plateaued in high-income countries, it is still rising in low- and middle-income countries. The causes are multifactorial and complex and include gestational exposures and other biological predisposition; familial, societal, and commercial influences; as well as built environment characteristics such as transport infrastructure and the availability of green spaces.

The consequences of childhood obesity can be life-long and perpetuate into the next generation. Children with obesity are significantly more likely to develop non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in adulthood than their counterparts of a healthy weight, and girls who remain obese into their childbearing years are more likely to have children who themselves have an increased risk of obesity.

This conference will bring together a global, multidisciplinary group of speakers and highlight emerging research on the many facets of this complex issue. It should appeal to those with an interest in paediatrics, nutrition, NCDs, physical activity, healthy cities, early child development, and the developmental origins of health and disease.

Join our expert speakers to explore the latest research and practice on the following topics:

  • Burden of childhood obesity: past, present, future
  • Developmental origins of health and disease: complex biology requires complex solutions
  • Social, commercial, and environmental determinants of childhood obesity
  • Childhood obesity from an equity perspective
  • What works in policy and planning?
  • Innovations in prevention and treatment
  • Community-driven solutions from around the world

Our high-quality online platform will promote interaction and discussion allowing attendees to share experiences and learnings and foster interdisciplinary and multinational collaboration.

Register now for free to:

  • Watch the talks and participate in live Q&A.
  • Schedule video meetings with other participants
  • Enjoy 6-months access to recordings of talks you may miss live*



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Scientific/Organizing Committee
  • Zoe Mullan, The Lancet Global Health
  • Shane Norris, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Atul Singhal, University College London, UK
Speakers and session chairs