Next Steps for Tackling Obesity in Scotland

This event will examine the future policy actions required to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, following the release of the Scottish Government's 'Diet and Healthy Weight Delivery Plan'

Obesity is Scotland’s foremost public health problem

NHS Health Scotland estimates that obesity currently costs the economy, both directly and indirectly, up to £4.6 billion per year, with Scotland now boasting the highest incidences of obesity for both men and women among OECD countries. 
The Scottish Government are committed to addressing the problem through helping people to make healthier choices, empowering personal change and leadership. Likewise, there is wide public support for change with the recent Scottish Social Attitudes Survey highlighting that 91% believe that fast-food is too readily available, and 82% supporting cuts to sugar, salt and fat in products.
Despite the ambition for change, more needs to be done to understand how can we create a solid policy framework going forward that seeks to deliver a consistent approach to implementing and resourcing policies across sectors. Join us on the 4 October as we examine this, and address the key challenges surrounding the public health challenge presented by Scotland’s obesity problem.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

An up-to-date briefing on the Scottish Government’s future strategy for tackling obesity. How can we ensure the correct policy priorities and future ambitions for change?
Latest developments and demographic implications for the population: obesity and the relationship with social inequalities and economic factors such as income, access, education and poverty
Improving partnership working across sectors, so that your organisation is aware of the challenges and opportunities that will arise in the future
Steps required to improve diet and physical activity: improving nutrition and availability of healthy choices
Sharing and learning from good practice from across sectors

Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Alexandra Johnstone, Professor of Appetite Research, University of Aberdeen/SEFARI
  • Amanda Boyle OBE, CEO, Scottish Slimmers   
  • Lorriane Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland 
  • Donna McArdle, Development Manager, Bridgend Inspiring Growth 
  • Dr Alison McLuckie, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (Scotland) 
  • David Thomson, CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland 

Who should attend?

This briefing will be of benefit to those working to tackle Scotland’s obesity problem, including:
Practitioners in public health and health improvement, health psychologists
Dieticians, nutritionists, catering managers
NHS Bodies, IBJ’s and Health and Social Care Partnerships
Education - PE and Health teaching and support staff and school nurse
Research professionals and policy managers involved in healthy living/weight, population health, public health and obesity


09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

10:05    Session 1: Policy and Overview

  • Up-to-date briefing on the latest Scottish Government actions
  • Current demographic trends across the life course
  • Understanding the correlation between health inequalities and obesity, and actions your organisation can take to change this
  • Examining where responsibilities lie and how to mitigate the effects of obesity

11:00    Questions and Discussion

11:20    Refreshments and Networking

11:40    Session 2: Improving Partnership Working and Individual Choices

  • Key issues for the Scottish food and drink industry: increasing collaboration and understanding evidence-based policy 
  • Understanding how your organisation can support consumers to make healthier choices
  • Examining how we can encourage an uptake of physical activity among all, but also hard to reach demographics
  • The multi-agency approach to tackling the obesity crisis

12:20    Questions and Discussion

12:50    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Sharing and Learning from Good Practice

A series of case studies will share learning and good practice for improving health outcomes, and efforts to tackle the obesity crisis. 

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
4 October 2018



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