Looking into the crystal ball for obesity: where will we be in 20 years from now?
The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in the Early Prevention of Obesity in Childhood (EPOCH CRE) aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related behaviours in the first five years of life, and their future impact. Led by Professor Louise Baur, the CRE brought together a diverse team of experts primarily from the University of Sydney, Deakin University, Flinders University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Otago and several state health departments.
The first 2000 days (pregnancy to 5 years) of life is a time when many obesity related behaviours that track into adulthood are established, and biology is most amenable to change. Australia and New Zealand are leading the field internationally on research on effective early life interventions to prevent childhood obesity.
EPOCH CRE conducted substantial research across broad discipline areas that addressed the key knowledge gaps in research, policy and practice to improve weight-related outcomes for children. As the CRE is concluding, it would be timely to present the outcomes from this substantial body of work at the ANZOS 2021 meeting.
Title: Understanding childhood obesity prevention interventions using NextGen evidence synthesis methodologies
Speaker: Kylie Hunter, University of Sydney
Title: New rapid assessment tools to measure obesity related behaviours in 0-5 year olds
Speakers: Dr Dorota Zarnowiecki, Flinders University and Dr Rebecca Byrne, Queensland University of Technology
Title: Economic evaluation of early childhood obesity prevention interventions
Speaker: Anagha Killedar, University of Sydney
Title: Translational research: Lessons learnt from two early obesity prevention initiatives
Speaker: Dr Penny Love, Deakin University
Title: State and territory eclectic approaches to obesity prevention policy
Speaker: Emma Esdaile, University of Sydney
Panel Discussion: Key lessons in designing effective early prevention of childhood obesity trials that is cost effective and can be translated for population health impact.
Facilitator: Professor Louise Baur, University of Sydney
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