Childhood obesity has grown to become one of the most dramatic features of the global obesity epidemic, with dire long-term consequences on health, social and economic outcomes. Obesity has spread to more than one in ten children aged 5-19 throughout southern Europe, in parts of central-eastern Europe and in the United Kingdom, with more than one in three children overweight in countries such as Greece, Malta and Italy. The spread of obesity has been fuelled by changes in social norms and living environments that have led to excessive and imbalanced nutrition, sedentary lifestyles, and ultimately obesity and the diseases associated with it.
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STOP (Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy), a Horizon 2020-funded project to tackle childhood obesity, aims at expanding and consolidating the multi-disciplinary evidence base upon which effective and sustainable policies can be built to prevent and manage childhood obesity. The primary focus of STOP is on the cumulative impacts of multiple and synergistic exposures in vulnerable and socially disadvantaged children and their families, which must be a priority target for the fight against childhood obesity in Europe. STOP will identify critical stages in childhood (starting from prenatal exposures) at which interventions can be most effective and efficient.
If you are a health professional, such as a scientist, public health worker, health promotion specialist, public health nutritionist or fitness industry worker, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
If you are a policy maker or part of a non-governmental organisation, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
If you are an adolescent, a young person, a parent, or a member of the general public, you may be interested in the following sections and materials:
The third STOP newsletter has been released! In this issue, you can find out the latest regarding the project and learn more about our results so far. Read about our innovation projects, the new call for proposals, how STOP is […]
The STOP Consortium, in collaboration with EIT Health and EIT Food, has launched a second call for an industry-led project aimed at developing innovations with the potential to curb childhood obesity in Europe, either by making critical improvements in the […]
STOP project funds three innovative industry-led pilot projects addressing childhood obesity across Europe
Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP), a European Commission-funded Horizon 2020 project has funded three industry-led pilot projects in three European countries. Each pilot approaches the problem of childhood obesity from a different angle: The SWEET App, a […]